(Bodega Pazo de Barrantes)
The history of this winery on the Pazo Barrantes estate in the Salnés Valley in Galicia began in the early 90’s when the Creixell family (Marqués de Murrieta in Rioja) started making a white wine from the 12 hectares of vineyards that surround the majestic construction dating from 1511. At this beautiful location, on the banks of the River Umia, the winery set about making quality Albariños in the spirit that led them to great success in their centenary Rioja winery. Against this background, and after numerous trials overseen by María Vargas, they have been able to produce two serious, delicious white wines which, due to their independence, do not appear to be just the products of a subsidiary winery, but from a winery to watch in future.
Yellowish jasper hue. Clean and bright.
Intense, still dominated by its oak ageing. Aromas of toasted hazelnuts, green walnuts, quince and hints of something more floral when it opens out in the glass.
Full, creamy on the palate with good structure. Aromas of white fruit, aniseed and sweet potato. Nice finish.
This white wine comes from a small single vineyard known as Pago Cacheiro, which was the first area to be planted over 40 years ago. Only 4,500 bottles have been produced of this wine which has been fermented in oak barrels and remained at least 6 months in contact with its lees. The result is a smooth, intense, fat white wine whose name is a tribute to Doña María Jesús Suarez-Llanos, widow of the Count of Creixell, and the mother of the Creixell generation currently at the winery’s helm. This 2016 is drinking nicely now, but will evolve well over the next five years, polishing out and developing its full potential.