Pazo Señorans 2010
The Wine Advocate, 93 points. International Wine Challenge 2011, Silver. Cinve Miami Awards 2011, Gold.
Some leesy and nutty hints hide among the wine's bright fruit flavors: peach, yellow apple, and dried tropical fruits. The lees contact pushes those yellow apples into riper red apple flavors, along with a toasted almond note. This is a very interesting version of a grape many people wouldn't necessarily recognize in this guise. Drink now or in the next several years.
Pazo Señorans is made with 100% Albariño grapes that grow on 35-year old vines in 20 acres of lovingly cared vineyards that receive the sea breeze from the Atlantic Ocean. Upon arrival at the winery, grapes are destemmed and crushed in a pneumatic press where they undergo a quick decantation and short maceration. Fermentation takes place in medium-sized, double-jacket stainless steel tanks at a constant temperature of 18ºC.
About the Winery
Pazo de Señorans, built in 14th century, is a great example of a traditional manor house in Galicia. In 1975, Javier Mareque and Marisol Bueno acquired the estate, which was planted with Albariño vines. They took up the challenge of producing their own wine, starting with the 1990 vintage. Their wines are now renowned for their quality, the result of a careful grape selection process and an exemplary vineyard management policy by Marisol Bueno, former president of the Rias Baixas Regulatory Board.