La Caña 2010
Partly stainless-steel fermented and French oak barrels
Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Nov/Oct 2011), 91 points.
Fine Estates from Spain
This wine is a riper style of Albariño. On the palate, it's gentle and peachy with some lingering mineral and rock notes that add complexity and exemplify classic Rías Baixas character. The finish shows peach, yellow apple, and even some tropical fruits. Drink soon or in the next few years.
The vineyards were planted in 1966. All of the Albarino grapes are trained in the pergola system, allowing the fruit to remain high off the ground , which maximizes the health of the grapes and greatly reduces the need for fungicides. Approximately 70% to 80% of the wine is fermented in stainless steel; the remainder, along with its yeast lees, is fermented in large-format French oak barrels until bottling.
About the Winery
The winery is in the northernmost section of the DO of Rias Baixas and is located in the valley of Salnes at the very southern tip of this region, extremely close to the Atlantic Ocean. The poor vineyard soils are composed mostly of sand derived from decomposed granite and are highly acidic due to the proximity to the ocean. The winemaker and professor is Alistair Gardner from New Zealand, who is well-regarded for his work with white wines in both Spain and New Zealand.