Peaches. Lemon. Salt. If you’re looking for an Albariño that captures, with aplomb, the best characteristics of this vibrant white, end your search with the Forjas del Salnés Leirana Albariño. Refreshing and luscious, with impressive length and complexity, winemaker Rodrigo Méndez’s rich vinous heritage shines through in this gorgeous white made in a seaside vineyard.
The first Albariño to be bottled is the 2019 Leirana, which I was also able to compare with the 2018 vintage. It's the one that represents the character of the Valle del Salnés, as it's produced with grapes from different villages across the valley. This ferments in a combination of 60% stainless steel vats and 40% oak foudres, where the wine matures for six months. Contrary to what I've seen at other addresses, this 2019 is very closed and backward; it's a vintage with very high acidity, citrus and salt. This is still a little too young. 30,000 bottles produced. The first lot of two was bottled in February 2020, when they used a little more wine from the foudre to make it more approachable, because the market demands the wines very early, and especially in 2019, the acidity is very sharp.
93 points, Wine Advocate (June 2020)
Pale gold. Fresh melon, white peach and tangerine scents show fine clarity and pick up a smoky mineral quality with aeration. Vibrant, spice- and mineral-tinged citrus fruit, nectarine and honeydew flavors deepen steadily on the back half. Closes very long and silky, with resonating peach and mineral qualities and a suave floral nuance.
92 points, Vinous (June 2021)