Bodegas del Palacio de Fefinanes, Albarino, 2020

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Bodegas del Palacio de Fefinanes

High-quality Albarino only became a thing around 30 years ago, in the decade after Franco’s death—except at Palacio de Fefinanes, where it has been a thing practically forever. Officially established in 1904, but with a history back to the 1600s, Fefinanes became so synonymous with quality white wine in Spain that, before the war, thirsty Spaniards would order “a cold glass of Fefiñanes,” meaning any good white wine available. One sip of their roaringly fresh and salty Albarinos is enough to make it clear why.

Fefinanes’ magic starts in the vineyard. The estate is surrounded by hectare upon hectare of old vines planted in the sandy, stony soil that produces the purest Albarino. And their work in the winery preserves what nature and the vineyards provide. While many of their neighbors have been seduced by commercial yeasts, which can promote garish flavors that cover up the mineral and salt terroir, Fefinanes has always let fermentation occur spontaneously, without additions. But even in the winery, nature is king: Fefinanes (unlike many in Rias Baixas) has the good fortune to have a bodega full of beneficial yeasts, making commercial yeasts unnecessary.

Each bottle captures the pure essence of the North Atlantic Ocean and Galicia’s lush seaside. Why would anyone in their right mind want to mess with that?!?

Details

  • Country

    Spain

  • Grape Variety

    Albarino

  • Vintage

    2020

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Traditional

  • Style

    Elegant , Fruity , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

Customer Reviews

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Daniela Bursztyn (Staff)
Why I Love Bodegas del Palacio de Fefinanes, Albarino, 2020 (Staff Review)

Just a beautiful white wine full of flavors of salinity, white peaches, and lemons.

It transforms into something magical when enjoyed with seafood, but also lovely on its own. Every time I drink it I know I am going to be very happy.