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92+ Points
2015 Do Ferreiro Albariño
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #232 Aug 2017

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I also had the chance to revisit the 2015 Albariño so I could complete the trio of 2014-2015-2016 in one sitting. They consider 2015 one of the most balanced vintages of the last decade, to which I can only agree. I had already tasted it very young last time and it had shown among the best 2015s from Galicia. Some time in bottle has done it good, but it's still a serious and somehow closed vintage, moving toward more complex notes of quince paste and yellow plums. But it's the palate where the wine is like an electric shock: pungent flavors, some iodine notes developing already, minerality and a salty finish. This should develop nicely without any efforts for 5+ years. 85,000 bottles produced.

92 Points
2016 Do Ferreiro Albariño
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #232 Aug 2017

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The Méndez family consider 2016 a vintage with some similarities with 2011. I tasted their regular 2016 Albariño, which is produced from a mix of grapes from the 164 plots of vines they work, adding diversity of soils, mostly granite and sand but also red slate, and expositions in the villages of Meaño, Adina, Sisán, Castelo and Leiro. The grapes were picked in five days, starting on September 17th. All wines fermented with a "pied de cuve" from the Cepas Vellas, which fermented the juice from the destemmed grapes. The wine is kept with fine lees for a period of time that can range between four and up to 11 months. It has a fresh and balanced nose, with notes of good freshness—quite striking for a warmish year—with citrus notes intermixed with hints of white flowers and fruit. It's a more powerful year, with 13.5% alcohol, but has great acidity and freshness. The palate is focused and delineated, with great purity and very tasty flavors. It has great mid-palate and concentration. A surprise. It's one of the finest young Do Ferreiros I remember. This should evolve nicely in bottle. 85,000 bottles produced and bottled in ten different lots. I tasted a bottle from May 2017; they now have all the bottling dates on the labels.

93 Points
2015 Do Ferreiro Rebisaca
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #232 Aug 2017

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The one non-Albariño wine the Méndez family produce is the Rebisaca, a blend of 70% Albariño, with 25% Treixadura and 5% Loureiro from Condado de Tea (not Salnés), of which I tasted two vintages, the younger of which was the excellent 2015 Rebisaca. This cuvée started in 1998, initially only for the U.S. market, but in 2013 they started selling it in Spain, too. Treixadura and Loureiro are fermented separately and then blended with the Albariño, making sure the strong balsamic aromas of Loureiro do not overpower the blend. This blend is usually quite shy until three years after the vintage, so we probably caught it in a very closed phase when the wine needed to breath in the glass. It's very different from the pure Albariño, with more herbal and stony aromas and less flowers and perfume. It has great structure from the Treixadura and a touch of complexity given by the Loureiro, and it usually reaches a perfect balance some five years after the harvest. The palate shows some austerity, too, but revealed the inner power, concentration and balance of the year. 8,000 bottles were produced and bottled in one single lot.

91 Points
2016 Do Ferreiro Rebisaca
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #232 Aug 2017

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The 2016 Rebisaca blends the three classical white grapes from Rías Baixas, but it's mostly Albariño from Salnés, with some 25% Treixadura and 5% Loureiro from Condado de Tea, a very aromatic grape that tends to mark blends and is therefore used in small quantities. The Albariño is sourced from a zone where there used to be genets, and those places in Gallego language are called "rebisacas." 2016 was a warm year and the wines have more body and alcohol. This is still very young and primary, with varietal and fruit aromas and some carbonic on the palate. The Condado de Tea is a completely different area of Rías Baixas that borders Ribeiro and has a big influence from the river rather than from the sea. There are notes of bay leaf and, with time, river stones and even a smoky hint. The palate is still very sharp and pungent, with marked acidity. This is in need of bottle aging to show its true colors. 8,000 bottles produced.

93+ Points
2013 Do Ferreiro Albariño Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #216 (Part 2)

($39) A true icon of Rías Baixas, the 2013 Albariño Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas is pure Albariño from probably the oldest vineyards in the zone, in Spain and in the whole world, as they might be close to being 200 years old! The vines look more like trees because they are trained in the pergola style as is the norm in the region. As all his wines were fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and aged in contact with the lees for 11 months before being bottled. This wine is produced from a plot of extremely old vines that are planted next to his house and winery, basically from his garden. There's one hectare of vines there and volumes vary wildly as in the difficult years they have to do a severe selection and in some years the wine is not produced at all (like in 2014, 2012 or 2008) but in 2013 they managed to produce 8,000 bottles of it. You can see the complexity and depth of aromas as soon as you put your nose in the glass. Notes of waxy apples, fennel, aniseed (which Gerado says is one of the signs of a great vintage) and white apples emerge from the glass followed by a medium-bodied palate showing incredible concentration without feeling heavy. Everything here is more concentrated, including the acidity, it's a size (or three!) bigger than the Do Ferreiro, but all in balance and harmony. One of the greatest Albariños. Bravo! I also tasted the 2010 which is evolving slowly and it's already displaying notes of petrol; it was a wine with very high acidity and it has mellowed down tremendously. It's a real pleasure now. He was king enough to pop a 2006 from a torrid year and a summer when half of Galicia burnt down; it had a ripe smoky nose, less vibrant in the palate, but still holding it. It is an Albariño to lay down.

Gerardo Méndez, creator of the cult Rías Baixas Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas, considers 2013 one of his best vintages together with 1992, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2007. The wines are superb, and the Cepas Velhas is truly outstanding. He works with natural yeasts and produces completely dry wines, he hates residual sugar. He also produced one remarkably mineral white in Monterrei, called Amizade.

91 Points
2013 Do Ferreiro Albariño
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #216 (Part 2)

($28) The 2013 Albariño Do Ferreiro is fermented in stainless steel and bottled early. This is a blend of grapes from different plots of vines mostly on granite soils, but some on slate. It's a serious and fresh effort showing subtle aromas of hay and straw, grass, waxy apples and white flowers. The palate is light to medium-bodied, with very clean flavors that are a little shy, have good acidity and present very clean flavors. They have some more vineyards to grow the volumes for this wine, but 2014 has been a disastrous harvest and quantities are very limited anyway. For comparison purposes I tasted a 2007 which is taking some characteristics that make me think of a Loire Chenin Blanc with some honeyed, waxy, smoky, mineral notes. Some 90,000 bottles were filled.

Gerardo Méndez, creator of the cult Rías Baixas Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas, considers 2013 one of his best vintages together with 1992, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2007. The wines are superb, and the Cepas Velhas is truly outstanding. He works with natural yeasts and produces completely dry wines, he hates residual sugar. He also produced one remarkably mineral white in Monterrei, called Amizade.

From Vinous (International Wine Cellar)

91 Points
2014 Do Ferreiro Albariño
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 2016

($29.00) Light chartreuse color. Sharply focused, assertively perfumed nose displays an array of citrus and orchard fruit scents complicated by sexy floral and mineral nuances. Sappy, penetrating and pure, offering crackling lemon-lime flavors and suggestions of fresh fig and honeysuckle. The mineral quality comes back strong on the long, nervy finish, along with a subtle touch of spicy ginger.

90 Points
2014 Do Ferreiro Rebisaca
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 2016

($27.00) Pale, green-tinged gold. High-pitched aromas of fresh citrus fruits, quinine, pungent herbs and minerals, with a suave floral touch gaining power with air. Dry and chewy on the palate, offering sharply focused Meyer lemon and pear skin flavors and a refreshingly bitter jolt of quinine. Clings with very good tenacity on a long, nervy finish that leaves a dusty mineral note behind.

92 Points
2013 Do Ferreiro Albariño Cepa Vellas
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 2016

($39.00) Vivid straw. Highly aromatic scents of lime zest, lemongrass, smoky minerals and tarragon, plus a hint of ginger. Sappy, focused and pure, offering mineral-laced citrus and orchard fruit flavors, with a sexy floral quality emerging with aeration and resonating through the refreshingly spicy, very long finish.

91 Points
2013 Do Ferreiro Albarino Rias Baixas
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($29) Light yellow. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of dried citrus fruits, pear and white flowers, with a hint of tarragon in the background. Fleshy and dry on the palate, offering sappy lime and bitter pear skin flavors that firm up and become more stony with air. Bright, minerally and focused on the penetrating finish, with the floral and pear notes repeating emphatically. I wouldn't have guesses that this elegant wine came from a rough vintage.

90 Points
2013 Do Ferreiro Rebisaca Rias Baixas
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($27) (a blend of albarino, treixadura and loureira): Green-tinged yellow. Suave, mineral-tinged citrus and orchard fruit aromas, plus suggestions of chamomile, ginger and sea salt. Dusty and tightly focused on the palate, offering light-bodied lime and quince flavors and a touch of bitter herbs. A jolt of white pepper adds bite to the finish, which shows sneaky persistence and echoing minerality.

93 Points
2011 Do Ferreiro Albarino Cepas Vellas Rias Baixas
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($39) Bright yellow.  Powerful, mineral-accented aromas of citrus zest, white flowers and pear skin.  Stains the palate with concentrated lemon, pear and honeysuckle flavors braced by chalky mineral and ginger notes.  Refuses to let go on the finish, where the mineral and floral notes echo emphatically.  A superb combination of power and vivacity here.  I was able to taste the components of the estate's "classic" Rias Baixas just before bottling and it should be an outstanding, fruit- and floral-driven wine, with the region's typical minerality on full display.

93 points
2010 Do Ferreiro Albarino Cepas Vellas Rias Baixas
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($39) (made from vines that are reportedly over 200 years old):  Light, bright yellow.  Intense, mineral-accented aromas of orange, green apple and melon, with chalk and floral accents and a touch of anise.  Dry and racy on the palate, with impressive depth to its vivid orchard fruit and citrus zest flavors.  Finishes bright and very long, with resonating spiciness and excellent clarity.

91 points
2010 Do Ferreiro Rebisaca Rias Baixas
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($25) (90% albarino and 10% treixadura, aged on its lees in stainless steel for seven months):  Light yellow.  Aromas and flavors of honeydew, pear and lemon curd, with hints of chalk and white pepper.  Juicy and focused, with excellent finishing clarity and lingering mineral and floral notes. 

91 points
2011 Do Ferreiro Albarino Rias Baixas
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($27) Light, bright yellow.  Vibrant, mineral-inflected aromas of citrus zest, quince and agave, with a floral topnote.  Bright and taut on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, presenting intense orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a deeper nectarine quality.  Closes with impressive energy and lift, leaving a candied ginger note in its wake.