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

Fresh fruit aromas of apricot and peach slices with notes of lemon and green apple. Pretty notes of honey and wet nutmeg, and the mouth is round, clean, and pleasant with baked apple, honey, and lemon.

This classic Albariño is good young, but actually improves over two to three years and remains quite drinkable for up to five years.

Specifications
Appellation
Rias Baixas
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
100% Albarino
Soil type
sandy with limestone & clay
Vinification
Fermented in stainless steel vats and bottled in its first year.
Pairings

Clam, lobster, fish, mussels, oysters. Asian cuisine.

Reviews and News

2018 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 91 PTS - W&S

2018 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 91 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"This supple wine has a tangy green-fruit character, like the entire lime, from cool zest and pith to pulp, or crunchy cucumber. Pour it with a tarragon-and-lime-infused prawn ceviche."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (August 2019), 91 pts - Year’s Best Galician Wines

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2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - FOOD&WINE

2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - FOOD&WINE

foodwine logo"This smells like the sea in the very best sense: Oyster shells, lemon zest, just the slightest hint of flowers it the background, perhaps a bit of warm hay or grass: It’s a savory expression of the variety. On the palate, each sip is concentrated and nervy with acidity, showcasing a layered mid-palate that carries flavors of hard stone fruit and mineral, all of it lingering through the long, almost briny finish. Bring on the raw seafood! - Brian Freedman"
- Food&Wine (20 White Wines You Can Still Drink When It's Cold Out, October 10th 2019)

2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 94 PTS - JD

2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"One of the top whites in this report is the 2017 Albariño from Palacio de Fefinanes, which is 100% varietal and sees no oak, being brought up all in stainless steel. Vivid notes of lime, citrus, crushed rocks, and an almost Riesling-like petrol character all soar from the glass. Medium-bodied, seamless, and incredibly elegant on the palate, it has remarkable purity of fruit and flawless balance, and while it’s not as concentrated as the more expensive 1583 cuvée, I like the balance and purity here more. This is one to seek out, and it should keep for 2-4 years."

- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 94 pts

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2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 93 PTS - W&S

2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 93 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"This is the flagship of Palacio de Fefiñanes, first produced in 1928. The grapes are from Cambados, and the wine spends six months in stainless-steel tanks until it’s bottled. A classic albariño from Rías Baixas, this is a lovely mix of peach flavors, scents of flowers and herbs and a mineral background. It is soft, round, juicy and rich in its lime-scented acidity. For batter-fried calamari."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (August 2018), 93 pts
Year’s Best Galician & Rias Baixas Wines

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2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Limpid straw-yellow. Vibrant, mineral-accented apple, lemon zest and jasmine scents are complemented by a deeper suggestion of white peach. Racy and sharply focused on the palate, showing energetic lift and cut to its fresh Meyer lemon and pear flavors. The mineral quality comes back strong on a penetrating, clinging finish that leaves a sexy floral note behind.. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (March 2019), 92 pts

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2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 91 PTS - WE

2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"Fefiñanes ranks among the best and most consistent makers of Albariño in Rías Baixas, so no surprise that this comes across clean on the nose, with lively notes of white fruits and buttercup. A plump but vibrant palate is still in peak condition, while this tastes of nectarine, apple, honeydew and lime. Drink through 2019."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (August 1st 2019), 91 pts

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2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - *** - WP

2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - *** - WP

wplogo".Albariño from Rias Baixas, its homeland in Galicia, in Spain’s northwest, can be racy, minerally and saline when grown near the coast, as if seasoned by the salty sea breeze off the Atlantic. Farther inland, the wine tends to the fruity side, with orchard flavors of peach and apricot. The Fefinanes is sourced from vineyards closer to the sea, imparting that minerally quality, but with older vines (averaging 40 years), to add fruity intensity. Pair this beauty with shellfish such as lobster, clams or mussels. ABV: 13 percent. - Dave McIntyre"
- The Washington Post (September 19th 2018), ***

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2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - *** - NEW YORK TIMES

2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - *** - NEW YORK TIMES

nytimes banner"The 2017 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño is rich, textured and deeply mineral, with citrus, herbal and floral aromas and flavors. - Eric ASIMOV"
- New York Times (Albariño Finds Its Inner Beauty,July 5th 2019), ***

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2016 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - Spain’s very best white wines - THE GUARDIAN

2016 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - Spain’s very best white wines - THE GUARDIAN

the guardian logo th"Most examples of the Galician white grape variety albariño available in the UK are not bad at all. They do their slightly apricotty, fresh thing, matching very well with seafood or cleansing a tired post-work brain with minimal fuss. They’re a reliable under-a-tenner alternative to sauvignon blanc when the gooseberry greenness of that grape variety seems a bit too much. Fefiñanes has always been better than that, however, and the latest vintage (available this week) from the first producer to bottle the variety solo in the 1920s is simply superb. Pristine, fleshy ripe pear, apple and white peach, and a wave of salty freshness that can’t help but make you think of seaspray. One of Spain’s very best white wines."
- David Williams's wines of the week, The Guardian - "A selection of aromatic Spanish wines" - April 2017

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2016 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2016 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Pale yellow. Mineral-laced orchard and citrus fruit scents are complemented by a sexy floral nuance. Offers bitter pear skin and tangerine flavors that are complicated by an intense floral quality that emerges on the back half. Shows excellent focus and energy on a long, taut finish that features notes of salty minerals and honeysuckle. - Josh Raynolds"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (March 2019), 92 pts

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2016 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 6 White Wines you don't know and should - Vinepair

2016 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 6 White Wines you don't know and should - Vinepair

vinepair logo web"Another unoaked white wine, crisp, exotic, refreshing, and delicately fruity. More supple than other brightly acidic whites (see Vinho Verde, which tends to feature Albarino), with notes of vanilla and peach. Mild salinity interrupts any heft. Meaning you’ll feel like you’re sitting seaside somewhere on the Spanish coastline."
- Emily Bell, Vinepair - "6 White Wines you don't know and should" - February 9th 2017

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2015 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Light bright yellow. Highly perfumed aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits, chalky minerals, mint and honeysuckle on the incisive nose. Silky, sharply focused and energetic on the palate, offering nervy lime zest, green apple and quinine flavors and a stony note that adds zesty cut. Finishes bright,taut and very long, displaying excellent focus and lingering florality. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (January 2017), 92 pts

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2015 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 90 PTS - WA

2015 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 90 PTS - WA

wa90"The 2015 Albariño de Fefiñanes is always one of the most reliable Albariños, clean with notes of freshly cut grass, balsamic and subtle. The palate is nicely balanced and fresh, with clean flavors and a notable finish. 120,000 bottles produced. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #232, August 2017), 90 pts

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2014 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 90 PTS - WE

2014 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 90 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 90 pts"Apple, lime and mineral aromas lend freshness to a mature nose. This feels round and plump, but well balanced due to fine acidity. Peach and citrus flavors are stony and finish with tropical notes of lychee and mango. Drink now. - Mickael Schachner"
- Wine Enthusiast (May 1st 2016), 90 pts

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2014 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 89 PTS - WA

2014 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 89 PTS - WA

wa89"The 2014 Albariño de Fefiñanes was very discreet with an unyielding nose when I tasted it. 2014 was again a very difficult vintage and it has produced rather light wines. This is clean and has some pineapple and citric flavors that give it a fresh profile. Good for the context of the vintage. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #224, April 2016), 89 pts

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2013 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 91 PTS - IWC

2013 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 91 PTS - IWC

tanzer iwc 91 pts"Light, bright yellow. Lemon pith, lime and green apple aromas are complemented by chalky mineral and floral accents. Dry but fleshy on the palate, offering zesty citrus fruit and underripe orchard fruit flavors with a strong mineral underpinning. Picks up a note of tarragon with air and finishes with impressive clarity and floral persistence."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September/October 2014), 91 pts

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2013 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 89 PTS - WS

2013 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 89 PTS - WS

wine spectator 89 pts"Floral and briny notes play off each other in this crisp white, framing modest peach and citrus flavors in a light, firm texture. Quite tart, but should round out with food. Drink now. 10,400 cases made. –TM"
- Wine Spectator (October 15th 2014), 89 pts

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2012 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 91 PTS - IWINE

2012 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 91 PTS - IWINE

I Wine Review"Light medium yellow straw. Reveals scintillating aromas of yellow apple, starfruit, and summer melon with hints of honey and stone fruit. It’s soft on entry, filling the mouth with rich flavors of dried honeycomb and yellow peach, finishing on a chalky note. Made from cool climate coastal fruit."

I-WineReview (December 2013), 91 pts

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2012 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 91 PTS - IWC

2012 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - 91 PTS - IWC

Tanzer International Wine Cellar 91 Pts"Green-tinged yellow. High-pitched citrus fruit and floral aromas, with dusty mineral and white pepper qualities building with air. Shows very good depth and energy, offering juicy orange and green apple flavors and a touch of fennel. Nervy and precise on the impressively persistent finish, which echoes the mineral and fennel notes. - JR"

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2013), 91 pts

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2011 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - GOLD - International Wine Challenge

2011 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño - GOLD - International Wine Challenge

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