Albarino, ‘Leirana – Luisa Lazaro’, Forjas de Salnes
100% Albariño from a single vineyard planted from 1954-1964. Tended in sandy and granite soils at sea level. From an exceptionally cold, high-acid harvest, the wine was left to temper in stainless steel for nine years before bottling. 1000 bottles produced.
Press & Reviews
There are not many Albariños released almost a decade after its harvest, but contrary to what you might think, the 2005 Leirana M. Luisa Lázaro is a current release wine from a very cold, high-acid harvest that was not really ready to drink; a small part was bottled a long time ago but they kept the rest. The remaining 1,000 liters or so of wine matured in stainless steel for close to nine years and was finally bottled in mid-2013. This was never planned but happened as an accident. They are now replicating the process and the next vintage release will be from the 2012 vintage. It has a bright golden color and a nose mixing notes of honey, pollen, beeswax, dried apricots and a medium-bodied palate, with very intense flavors and a thread of piercing acidity that makes it very lively and extremely long. This is an example of the longevity and age worthiness of Albariño. Méndez named this wine after his grandmother. 1,200 bottles of this prodigious Albariño were produced.