Pazo de Galegos is located in Ribera de Ulla, one of the most sought-after of the 5 subzones in Rías Baixas. This area has a drier, warmer climate than the coastal areas of Rias Baixas, which allows its flagship grape, Albarino, to ripen perfectly year after year. Pazo de Galegos is a small family property that produces less than 2,000 cases of wine per year, and which has lovingly maintained the original stone house and small shrine that welcomes pilgrims on the route to Santiago de Compostela, which is a short distance away. This wine is a textbook example of Albariño produced from old vines. The wine is made using only natural yeast to respect the flavors of its terroir.
TASTING NOTES:Pale gold. Fresh peach, tangerine, melon and a hint of dusty minerals on the highly fragrant nose; a subtle hint of honey emerges slowly. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering ripe orchard and pit fruit flavors accented by a bitter citrus pith nuance. Dry and minerally on the finish, which shows very good lift, spicy cut, and strong persistence. Here's a distinctly nervy rendition of the 2015 vintage, which generally produced large-scale, hefty white wines. -- Josh Raynolds.