Palacio de Fefinanes, Albariño, 2013

Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain

Palacio de Fefinanes, Albariño, 2013

Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain



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Grape Varietes: Albariño 100% Wine Style: Fruity & Aromatic Whites Winemaker: Juan Gil Optimum Drinking: 2018 Reviewer Rating: 90 Reviewer: Code: 102518 Alcohol: 12.5%
Estate Notes

Palacio de Fefinanes 2013 Albariño is a wonderfully refreshing style of wine – one of Europe’s finest examples of a dry aromatic white – the 2013 vintage combines superb finesse and elegance with lovely minerality, and acquires a more honeyed richness with age.

This is a great opportunity to tread off the beaten track in this cool, wet green corner of northwest Spain. Here, Albariño has taken over nearly all the vineyards, but high fashion in this case means that the good winemakers, like Juan Gil, Marqués de Figueroa, are paying great attention to quality.

This Albariño is the perfect foil for spicy Asian dishes, with the ability to cut through the rich, spicy flavours.

Fefinanes was founded in the early 20th Century in the spectacular Fefiñanes Palace, built in 1647 by Viscount Fefiñanes Gonzalo Sarmiento Valladares. The label design still depicts the baronial palace and the wine is certainly worthy of such aristocracy.


"This is one of my favorite straight and fresh Albariños which in the difficult 2013 vintage manages to keep its poise, with freshly cut grass aromas and ripe white fruit. It should develop more complexity with a couple of years in bottle but you might want to drink it in its youth with the freshness of the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, with good weight of fruit and very balanced acidity.

"The Bodega del Palacio de Fefiñanes is one of the eldest producers in Albariño, as they date from 1904. They are located in the palace in the main square of Cambados, which can be considered the heart of the Rías Baixas appellation. They registered the brand Albariño de Fefiñanes as early as 1928."

Lovely herbal, mineral and honeyed notes on the nose with spicy aromatics and racy lime notes to the fore. Succulent, juicy, crisp palate, with nutty flavours and a pronounced flinty and salty mineral streak – very vibrant, refreshing and moreish.