VARIETAL: 100% Albarino.
VINEYARD: Vines planted in 1862. Tended in sandy and granite soil in Rias Baixas, Spain.
FERMENTATION: Whole cluster fermentation in 12-year-old foudre.
AGEING: 12 months in 4-year-old large foudre of 2,500 lit.
Wine Advocate - 96 points
The elegant, subtle and fine 2017 Leirana Finca Genoveva has to be one of the finest Albariño whites produced. This is vinified and aged in oak foudre, but there's no oak character whatsoever to be found here. It's clean, crystalline, pure and precise and especially subtle (a characteristic of the year?) with elegant notes of flowers, great freshness and very integrated acidity that makes you salivate. Even if 2015 could be longer lived, this is just as good, with riper acidity, keeping the wine fresh but less edgy.
Rodrigo Méndez is preserving elements of Galician wine heritage. Although today Rias Biaxas is synonymous with Albariño at one time indigenous red varietals were common, these were mostly ripped out in the 70s. The Méndez family thankfully protected their pockets of old, some seriously old, vines - the age of their Caiño, Espadeiro, and Loureiro vines are between 150-200 years old protected from phylloxera by sandy granitic soils.
Forjas del Salnes whites are produced from Albariño, left to mature fully tempering the puckering malic acids often found in this variety. Windswept by the Atlantic Ocean they are saline, precise with amazing intensity. The reds are bright, spicy and juicy - 'tintos del mar' (reds of the ocean) and deliciously Galicia.