Name: Bodegas Gerardo Mendez Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas
Sub-Region: Rias Baixas
Producer: Bodegas Gerardo Mendez
Review by The Wine Advocate; 94
"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. 8,000 bottles produced".
From the Winery:
"This label bears the essences of the old strains of the house, in which the harvester allows between ten and fifteen percent of the grapes to reach the noble botritys, which reminds him of the velvety Sauternes, but retaining all the DO varietal typology of white accredited DO Rías Baixas. It is a very limited production that every year varies depending on the harvest."