93 Points - Luis Gutierrez - The Wine Advocate
"Produced again for a second time after the initial 2005, I now tasted the 2013 Leirana M. Luisa Lazaro, a long-ageing Albariño. Half of the volume aged in stainless steel and the other half in oak foudre for six months, then blended and put back in stainless until bottling. It was bottled in January 2017, three and a half years after the harvest, and might be kept in bottle and sold a little later. It's not really the same wine as 2005, which was a high acidity vintage with a much longer élevage. This is gentler and more mineral, but 2005 was sharper and that's why it was kept for such a long time. 2,500 bottles produced."
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.