Fillaboa Albariño 2009
10 months in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks
Wine & Spirits (August 2011), 92 points. The Wine Advocate (June 2011), 89 points.
Folio Fine Wine Partners
What makes wine lovers excited by the Albariño grape is twofold: it can smell so sweet and taste so dry and minerally, and it can derive complexity, not from winemaking trickery (I’m looking at you, heavily toasted oak barrels) or intensity, but from layered fruits and a healthy dose of tangy charm. Fillaboa seems an ideal embodiment of those characteristics. Drink now or in the next few years.
Alive with complex aromas of freshly cut green apple, juicy pineapple, and hints of citrus, Fillaboa's 2009 Joven Albariño is crystalline and bright in appearance. Soft on the palate, this wine has well integrated acidity and a balanced flavor profile that enhances its freshness and complexity. Unctuous and refined, this spectacular Albariño has a long, lingering finish. The 2009 vintage was truly "rare." Less fruit was produced than usual due to the rains that fell during flower formation, and spring was followed by a cooler-than-normal summer. Overall production was lower than in most years, making the 2009 Fillaboa Albariño a rare gem that one should be sure to taste.
About the Winery
The 173 acres of vineyards owned by Fillaboa are all located at rather high elevations for the region on the southern tip of Galicia, nestled next to the River Miño that divides Portugal from Spain. Each of the vineyards is planted only with Albariño, whose vines can reach a height of 6 to 7 feet. Fillaboa's expert vineyard management team carefully manages each vineyard block and performs an annual primary harvest in July to eliminate smaller clusters and excess leaves. Typically, one-third of the fruit is dropped to ensure that the best quality wine will be made from the remaining fruit.