Granbazan Etiqueta Ambar Albarino 2017
#63 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2019
Limpid, Green-tinged yellow. Mineral-accented aromas of fresh honeydew, tangerine and White flowers, with a floral quality in the background. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering energetic orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a refreshingly bitter suggestion of quinine. Shows excellent clarity and mineral cut on the long, incisive finish, with the floral and melon notes echoing emphatically.
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Lovely aromas of green melon and apple are on the money, as is all of this top-end Albariño from a highly reliable winery. Tight acidity matched with bold but fresh fruit make for an ideal palate, while this tastes of melon, apple and white pepper. A lively finish is jewel-like in its precision. Drink now.
Crisply edged in coastal freshness, this wine’s evocative scent brings to mind nori and kaffir lime. It’s clean and savory, with salinity that will perk up the flavors of fresh goat cheese crumbled over a summer salad.
Granbazan farms 17 hectares of Albarino vines in Val do Salnes, the sub-region of the Rias Baixas which is centered around the town of Cambados. Val do Salnes is the site of the oldest Albarino plantations. It is also the coldest and wettest of the five sub-regions. The average temperature for the year is 55°F and it rarely exceeds 85°F, even in the hottest part of the summer. Grapes are trained in the traditional pergola fashion and soils are based on granite with alluvial topsoil.
Granbazan remains ahead of the chasing pack, with its privileged terroir of granite soils planted with mature vines close to the sea, and its continuing commitment to excellence.