“The 2011 Finca Arantei is a single-vineyard bottling (35 hectares), whose vines overlook the River Mino and the mountains of Portugal yonder. It sees three months lees aging in stainless steel. It has a pleasant, primal bouquet of cooking apple and flinty notes all with fine definition and an almost Alpine freshness. The palate is tensile and edgy on the entry with a keen citric thread, with hints of smoke on the pear-skin finish that just tapers a little towards the finish. This is a well-crafted Albarino.”
“The 2011 Licia sees no lees aging. The nose is Zen-like, almost transparent with light dewy green apple and granitic scents developing with time. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry. It is crisp, edgy and lively with Granny Smith apples and a touch of pear leading to a fine, citric finish. To be frank, I actually find this better than La Val in terms of expressing the terroir.”
“Extremely enjoyable. Big, spicy fruit and a savoury mid-palate. Powerful, linear structure with punchy acidity. Long and very intense, it is young at the moment but has excellent potential.” Highly recommended
“The 2010 Finca de Arantei Single Vineyard Albariño was fermented and aged for 5 months in stainless steel. Mineral and lemon scents inform the nose of this round, rich, spicy offering. Nicely proportioned and mouth-filling, it is an outstanding value for drinking over the next 3-4 years.”
I adore Albariño, in this case the 2010 Licia Albariño from Rias Baixas in Spanish Galicia. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where many people are of Galician (Gallego) descent, but rather than pair this wine with our distinct sopaipillas and posole, Sheri crosses the Mason-Dixon Line and chooses Shrimp and Grits. Recommended
Tropical smelling, with green banana, minerality and firmness to the bouquet. The palate is clean and cleansing, which are two very different things, while the wine tastes of tangy citrus and green melon. Fresh, tropical and uncomplicated.
Finca de Arantei's 2008 Albarino is sourced from a single vineyard planted in 1990. Light gold-colored, it offers up an enticing nose of mineral, lemon-lime, floral notes, and a hint of tropical aromas. On the palate it is round, ripe, and spicy with good depth and lively acidity.