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Fefinanes 1583 Albarino
Bodegas del Palacio de Fefinanes
Spain - Galicia - Rias Baixas   

1583 is the birth year of the Viscount of Fefinanes, Gonzalo Sarmiento Valladares, builder of the Castle of Fefinanes. This wine is a perfect tribute to the Fefinanes ancestor, as it achieves the perfect harmony between the fruitiness of the Albarino grape and the complexity brought by the oak aging.

Lovely straw yellow color, clean and bright. The nose is reminiscent of ripe crystallized fruit and spices. The palate weaves together spicy, smoky, lightly toasted vanilla oak aromas with ripe pineapple and apricot notes. The mouthfeel is elegant, round and well balanced, with a silky texture.

Specifications
Appellation
Rias Baixas
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
100% Albarino
Soil type
sandy with limestone & clay
Vinification
Wine is aged for a total of 6 months: 4 months in French and American oak barrels (1, 2 and 3 year old barriques) + 2 months in stainless steel. While in oak, wine is aged on the fine lees with frequent batonnage (stirring of the lees) in order to get the most expressive notes from the Albarino varietal. From there it is transferred to a stainless steel tank, allowing the oak aromas to be assimilated and integrated.
Pairings

Excellent with shellfish, grilled or stewed fish, white meats, poultry.

Reviews and News

2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 93 PTS - JD

2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 93 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Fatter, fleshier, and more textured than the straight Albariño, the 2017 Albariño 1583 is another brilliant white from this estate that’s well worth seeking out. Notes of green apples, spice, and crushed rocks all flow to a medium to full-bodied white that has a dense, layered mid-palate, terrific balance, and a great finish. This beauty is geared for the dinner table and, as with the base cuvée, it should keep for 2-4 years easily. This cuvée is 100% Albariño that spent four months in French and American oak followed by two months in stainless steel."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 93 pts

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2016 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 93 PTS - W&S

2016 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 93 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"A selection of albariño grown in Cambados, this ferments in barrels for three months and then ages for three more in tanks. As is typical of the wines from this house, the purity of the fruit prevails—the aromas and flavors of apricot, pears and herbs. Here, in this wine, there is also a soft spicy touch that adds complexity and charm. It is subtle, soft and, above all, very refreshing."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (August 2018), 93 pts

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2016 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 93 PTS - VINOUS

2016 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Light, bright yellow. Fresh pear and orange zest on the nose, with vibrant honeysuckle and mineral notes adding lift. Juicy, penetrating and sharply focused in the mouth, offering concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors along with suggestions of sea salt and bitter quinine. Blends smoothly richness and vivacity and finishes very long and silky, with outstanding clarity and mineral persistence. (Aged in a combination of used French and American oak barrels.) - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (March 2019), 93 pts

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2015 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 93 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Pale gold. Incisive, mineral-accented aromas of tangerine, pear skin, peach and honeysuckle carry a spicy topnote. Lively and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated citrus and orchard fruit and bitter quinine flavors underscored by chalky minerality. Finishes dry, nervy and extremely long, featuring resonating orange zest and floral qualities and emphatic minerality.- Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (January 2017), 93 pts

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2015 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 92+ PTS - WA

2015 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 92+ PTS - WA

wa92"The oak-aged 2015 1583 Albariño de Fefiñanes showed very well, with the oak perfectly integrated with the fruit. It has good concentration, ripeness and acidity—achieving a very good balance—and has an intense palate with subtle creaminess, pungent flavors and very good length. This has to be one of the finest vintages of this bottling. 16,000 bottles produced. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #232, August 2017), 92+ pts

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2014 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Green-tinged yellow. Highly expressive aromas of fresh pear, orange zest and jasmine are enlivened by a strong mineral accent. Silky, sharply focused citrus fruit and floral flavors show outstanding energy, with an undertone of chalkiness and no excess fat. Concentrated but also lithe, with a long, penetrating finish displaying firm mineral bite and a jolt of iodine. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (January 2016), 92 pts

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2014 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 90 PTS - WA

2014 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 90 PTS - WA

wa90"Even the barrique aged 2014 1583 Albariño de Fefiñanes felt rather light compared with previous vintages. However, with some time it developed some more aromas and the palate felt more intense, with marked acidity and clean flavors. Easy to drink, the oak is quite subtle. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #224, April 2016), 90 pts

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2013 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 92 PTS - IWC

2013 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño 1583 - 92 PTS - IWC

tanzer iwc 92 pts"(aged for five months in a combination of used French and American oak barrels): Pale gold. Smoky pear and peach pit on the nose, with suave floral, mineral and honey qualities emerging with aeration; I don't sense that oak. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering pliant orchard fruit and orange pith flavors braced by vibrant minerality. Firm, juicy and pure on the penetrating finish, which shows excellent clarity and mineral-driven persistence."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September/October 2014), 92 pts

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2012 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albarino 1583 - 91 PTS - IWINE

2012 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albarino 1583 - 91 PTS - IWINE

I Wine Review 91 Pts"Medium yellow straw. A selection of fruit in the vineyard fermented and aged in used, 600 L sherry butts for 5 months with bâttonage, this Albarino weaves together spicy, smoky, lightly toasted vanilla oak with ripe pineapple and apricot on a creamy smooth palate. It finishes dry and with residual oak flavors lingering on the finish. First produced in 1995."

I-WineReview (December 2013), 91+ pts

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2011 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albarino 1583 - 92 PTS - WA

2011 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albarino 1583 - 92 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 92 Pts"The 2011 1583 Albarino de Fefinanes is partially fermented in oak with five months’ lees aging. It has a glorious bouquet of apricot, white peach and what some might remember from their youth, “Arctic Roll” (basically vanilla ice cream surrounded by jam and a spongecake.) The palate is superbly balanced with citric peel, freshly sliced lime and minerals, almost like a Trocken Mosel Riesling on the pixelated finish. Albarino from Rias Baixas does not come much better than this. Drink now-2020."

Wine Advocate (Neal Martin, Issue#205, February 2013), 92 pts

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2011 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albarino 1583 - 92 PTS - IWC

2011 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albarino 1583 - 92 PTS - IWC

Tanzer International Wine Cellar 92 Pts"(aged for five months in a combination of French and American oak): Light yellow. Spicy, smoke-accented aromas of pear, orange and honeydew, with vanilla and anise accents. Lush and expansive on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering sappy orchard and citrus fruit flavors that are lifted by tangy acidity. Smoothly plays richness off vivacity smoothly and finishes with excellent power and length."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2012), 92 pts

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