We tasted the 2016 do Ferreiro Albarinho Cepas Vellas at one of our wine tastings a few months ago and everyone was absolutely blown away by it. Rich and concentrated, full-bodied, mature, but with years to go. Really a tour de force for this grape.
The Wine Advocate agrees with us, saying "The nose of the 2016 Albariño Cepas Vellas shows very young and primary, not that different from the 2017 I tasted next to it. This comes from ancient, ungrafted vines planted around the family house and winery. It always has an extra degree of complexity and depth, often revealed in a subtle rather than in-your-face way. There are shy aromas of citrus fruit and flowers, with a saline and mineral touch that is later found in a stronger way on the palate. This is super tasty, powerful and round but still lively. The acidity feels more integrated than the 2017, which feels a little wilder. This is a great Albariño they compare with 2011, as they feel the two years were similar, even if today the wines do not show the same. I also tasted the 2011 next to this, and the evolution is phenomenal; so, if they are right and this evolves the way the 2011 has done (which was a surprise for everyone), my score might be a little too conservative. Drink 2019 to 2025. 94 points."
I rated it 96 points that night and it's only $47.99!
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Serve it with grilled red snapper or grouper for a match made in heaven!