Goliardo A Telleira Albariño

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Winemaker Notes

Light bright yellow. Mineral-accented pear, orange zest and iodine on the incisive nose, accented by a suggestion of quinine. Dry and nervy on the palate, offering vibrant, densely packed Meyer lemon and pear flavors underscored by a suave floral element. Youthfully taut and focused on the impressively long, chewy finish, which features nervy citrus fruit tones and lingering stoniness. This complex, concentrated yet lively wine reminded me a lot of a top-drawer example of Puligny-Montrachet. -- Josh Raynolds.

Wine Information

Rodrigo Méndez of Forjas del Salnés (known locally as Rodri) is the 5th generation in a family that has grown and crafted quality wine for centuries. Today he is considered one of the greatest Albariño producers in the world, offering more than 15 small-batch bottlings from the micro-terroirs around the Val do Salnés, the most coastal subzone in DO Rías Baixas—an appellation that was established by his grandfather. In another homage to his family’s legacy, Rodri is also leading the revitalization of several nearly extinct local red varietals. Thanks to his rigorous approach and deep regional knowledge, Rodri’s wines are pure expressions of the diverse Salnés terroirs. As a winemaker, he embraces historic techniques that highlight the personality of the different vineyard sites and his basic philosophies and commitment to organic and low-intervention production (native yeast fermentation, extended lees contact without batonnage, minimal sulfur) are consistent across all his wines. As a grower, Rodri has deep respect for his region’s ancient vineyard sites trained in the traditional Parral (pergola) system; he takes a hands-on approach by insisting on longer hang times and manual harvest, all while practicing organic agriculture.

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