From the 2009 vintage a new dream becomes reality for the Pazo de Barrantes Winery: La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes. A contemporary white wine that shows the versatility of the Albariño to reach new heights of freshness, fragrance and exuberant aromatic power. La Comtesse delights us with an elegant complexity and an enhanced aromatic richness which proves that the character of the Albariño wine can reach surprising levels when treated with meticulous and careful use of oak barrels.
Own single vineyard: Cacheiro Plot, an old-vine single vineyard within our 12 hectare estate called Pazo de Barrantes settled in the Salnes valley (Rías Baixas D.O., Galicia).
Grape variety: 100% Albariño.
Manual harvest in boxes: 14th September, 2010.
Vinification: First of all the albariño bunches are de-stemmed before pressing to avoid any herb flavour coming from the stem. Afterwards the grapes are gently pressed in a slow and smooth process that extracts the intense aromatic potential obtained from these old vine grapes. Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation (10 ºC) takes place in absence of any solid particle in a 3.000 liter French Allier wooden vat for 50 days. In the pursuit of gaining more volume on the palate and a balanced weight, the wine is left in contact with its own fine lees for 3 months.
Ageging process: La Comtesse remains in this same wooden vat for 12 months further. Afterwards the wine is aged in bottle for other 12 months before release.
Bottling date: 9thMarch, 2012
Number of bottles: 3,663 (75cl.).
Pairing: Crayfish and stuffed spider crab, white meats, stuffed fowls, sushi, cow and sheep’s cheeses served with glazed fruit and foie, amongst others.
Consimtion Temperature: We recommend to serve it at 13º-14ºC.
Decanting: We recommend to let it breathe for a while before consumption.
Proensa wine guide (spain): 97 points. “Refined, full of personality and a great aftertaste. Complex and rich nose. Armonious in the mouth, glyceride and fresh, wonderful acidity, soft, good concentration, expressive” by A. Proensa.
El País annual wine guide (spain): 96 points. Top Best Wines of Spain
Peñín wine guide (spain): 95 points. Best wooden aged Albariño from Spain.
Abc newspaper wine guide (spain): 95 points. 2º Best Albariño from Spain. “Freshness, wisdom, depth. Very savoury on the palate and it has the ability to age in the bottle for a very long time” by J. Fernández Cuesta.
Gourmets wine guide (spain): 93 points. Best Albariño ‘10 fermented and aged in an oak tank. “It offers ripe peach, pineapple, white flowers, cream, bakery notes, vanilla and aromatic wood. Oily, well balanced and fruity. Apricot, exotic fruit, nutmeg, cardamom, smoky notes, flowers, creamy notes. Persistent spicy and citric finish”.
InternatiOnal Wine Cellar (usa): 92 points. “Fresh pear, nectarine, orange and honey on the highly perfumed nose. Palate-staining orchard and citrus fruit flavors show a suave blend of richness and vivacity. Fleshy but dry and precise on the finish, with the orange and floral notes strongly echoing. For a luxury bottling this is a very serious, balanced wine” by S. Tanzer.
Wine Spectator (usa): 91 points. “This white shows real density, offering ripe pear, melon and tangerine flavors, with mineral, ginger and almond notes adding complexity. The texture is rich, but nervy acidity keeps this balanced and lively” by t. MAtthews.