Esencia Divina Albariño

"Shows real tension and nervy cut on the finish, which hangs on with excellent, mineral-driven persistence." —
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media
Appellation
Rias Baixas D.O.
Grape(s)
100% Albariño, from 50-year-old, estate-grown vines
Altitude/Soil
10 meters / decomposed granitic sandy loam
Farming Methods
Traditional methods, Vegan
Harvest
Hand harvested in mid-late September, fruit was then hand sorted at the winery prior to processing
Production
Grapes were cold macerated with skins for 8 hours prior to pressing, fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperature
Aging
Aged 3 months with fine lees in stainless steel tank
Suggested Retail Price
$24
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Esencia Divina Albariño 2017
92 (VM) 91 (WE) 91 (VfC)
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92 Vinous Media Light, bright gold. Fresh and incisive on the nose, displaying intense orchard and pit fruit scents and a tangy suggestion of lemon zest. Chewy and taut in the mouth, offering bitter lemon and pear skin flavors and a bracing mineral flourish. Finishes long and precise, with recurring citrus fruit character and lingering mineral and floral notes.
Drink 2019-2023
Spain’s Northern Regions Keep it Cool – March 2019
91 The Wine Enthusiast Orange and blanched almond aromas are light and lucid on the nose. This is citrusy and ripe on the palate but not heavy. Citrus and melon flavors are a touch leesy, while this is steady and well-balanced fresh, rounded finish.
#84 - Top 100 Wines of 2018
91 View from the Cellar The 2017 Albariño “Essencia Diviña” from Adegas Gran Vinum is happily sealed under natural cork and is a step up in terms of precision and roundness. The bouquet is bright and classy, wafting from the glass in a blend of tart orange, lime blossoms, ocean breeze, lovely minerality, dried flowers and a hint of gentle leesiness. On the palate the wine is vibrant, fullish and beautifully detailed, with a good core of fruit, zesty acids and lovely focus and grip on the long, complex and gently briny finish. This is first class Albariño! 2019-2030+.
Issue #78 - November/December 2018
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Esencia Divina Albariño 2018
92 (I-WR) 91 (W&S) 89 (VfC)
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92 International Wine Review The 2018 Essencia Divina Albariño is a 100% Albariño crafted from estate grown fruit. Made from only free run juice, it is rich tasting with great intensity of flavor and mouth filling with a silky texture. Aged 3 months in tank on the lees, it reveals a chalky mineral character with medium acidity. Still young and will evolve to greater heights.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
91 Wine & Spirits Magazine This wine's zesty, granitic acidity and cool, smoky orange scents conjure a range of foods. Tina Vaughn of NYC's The Simone suggested "raw fish, or a terrine of whitefish, or mackerel poached in wine. Crab or scallops would love it. Or softshell crab with capers, lemon and brown butter."
"Year's Best Galician Wines" - August 2019
89 View from the Cellar The 2018 “Esencia Diviña” from Adegas Gran Vinum is a lovely example of Albariño. The bouquet is bright, briny and complex, wafting from the glass in a mix of apple, lime blossoms, salty soil tones, a touch of wild fennel and a topnote of candied citrus. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and nicely focused, with a good core of fruit, lovely balance and grip and a long, salty and zesty finish. This is good juice, with plenty of stuffing at the core. 2020-2025+.
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
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Esencia Divina Albariño 2019
94 (WRO) 91 (VfC) 91 (WB) 90 YB (W&S)
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94 Wine Review Online This producer’s entry-level bottling of Albariño, “Mar de Viñas,” is so good that it prompts the question: How could this fruit have failed to make the cut for the top wine of the house? If you taste “Mar de Viñas,” you’ll understand immediately why that’s a compelling question, and if you taste this right afterward, you’ll get a compelling answer. Broader, richer, deeper and even more persistent, but with excellent focus despite its relative opulence, this is flat-out great Albariño. It displays subtle but expressive aromas that become ever more detailed as the wine warms in the glass, and the palate performance is every bit as impressive, with perfectly ripened fruit and excellent acidity and minerality that’s impeccably interlaced with the fruit. A completely convincing rendition of Albariño, which is arguably the world’s best and most versatile vinous partner for seafood.
July 2020
91 View from the Cellar The 2019 “Esencia Diviña” from Adegas Gran Vinum had also just landed in the US prior to the release of this article, so it was quite enjoyable to compare it to the 2018, which I covered in the last issue. Like the 2019 Nessa bottling, this is still a young and exuberant example of Albariño, but with plenty of undertow of complexity to come with a few more months in bottle. The bouquet is floral and beautifully ripe and precise, jumping from the glass in a mix of pear, lime, a touch of wild fennel, a good base of soil and a potpourri of white flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, crisp and focused, with an excellent core, good backend mineral drive, snappy acids and impressive length and grip on the nascently complex finish. Tasting this right on the heels of the very good 2019 Nessa just further underscores how the texture here under natural cork is superior to screwcap, as there is more roundness, while not sacrificing any of the cut and grip. This is lovely Albariño and an outstanding value! 2020-2030+.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020
91 Washington Wine Blog The nose screams salty terroir as loads of melon, saline drenched peaches and shades of Marcona almond all enter the fray aromatically. The palate has sterling tension and gobs of mouth-watering acidity that really meld nicely with the gooseberry, kiwi and salted melon tones. Drink 2020-2024.
Dr. Owen J. Bargreen, CS - July 2020
90 YB Wine & Spirits Magazine Tangy and bright, this wine needs a splash in a decanter to meld its chalky acidity and rich lemon flavors. Its initial spritziness diminishes as the structure integrates, delivering a powerful citrusy white with spicy lees notes that last. Ready for any roast fish.
Year's Best Galician Wines; August 2020
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