Within Rias Baixas, few estates are as historically important as the Palacio de Fefinanes. The property was built in early 17th century at the heart of the Val do Salnes subregion and has produced wine since the beginning. Still owned by the original family, they have focused on Albarino all along, becoming the first estate to release varietally labeled "Albarino de Fefinanes" and the first producer to release a wine under the Rias Baixas DO when it was created in 1980. This 400 year old tradition continues today; owner Juan Gil still works solely with the Albarino grape, producing a handful of distinct bottling showing the different sides of the varietal.
This flagship 2017 bottling is 100% Albarino from both the estate and growers with whom they have worked with for generations. Fermented and raised entirely in stainless steel, this is a naked expression of what Albarino can be: light bodied, fragrant and delicate, the nose showing classic aromas of fresh honeysuckle, juicy Meyer lemon and a Riesling like note of wet slate while the palate adds notes of green apple, sea breeze and lime zest. Good Albarino has an acid profile similar to Chablis and the Fefinanes delivers plenty in a taught, mouthwatering style. A sure winner for fans of everything from Spanish wines to German Rieslings and Italian Pinot Grigios, this is a high toned, fragrant white that sells for a song. Pair this excellent maritime Albarino with everything from raw bar style seafood like fresh oysters and clams or experiment to more exotic matchings like Thai style seafood and Sushi.