Gran Vinum Albariño Seleccion Especial

"This is concentrated refreshment...You need something to match both its brilliance and seriousness." —
Meg Maker, Maker's Table
Appellation
Rias Baixas D.O.
Grape(s)
100% Albariño, from the 50-year-old Miranda Aurosa, estate-grown vineyard
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
Gently pressed to obtain only the most aromatic, free run juice; fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperature
Aging
Aged on lees with weekly battonage in stainless steel tank for 7 months
Suggested Retail Price
$30
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Gran Vinum Albariño Seleccion Especial 2017
93 (VM) 92+ (VfC) 91 EC (WE)
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93 Vinous Media Limpid, green-hued yellow. Powerful, deeply pitched melon, white peach and tangerine scents show excellent clarity and pick up a smoky mineral quality with aeration. Offers deeply concentrated, spice-tinged citrus fruit and honeydew flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Closes very long and smooth, with resonating peach and mineral qualities and a sexy floral nuance.
Drink 2019-2024
Spain’s Northern Regions Keep it Cool – March 2019
92+ View from the Cellar The Albariño “Selección Especial” from Adegas Gran Vinum hails from fifty year-old vines. It is given five months aging on its fine lees, with weekly stirrings, prior to bottling. The 2017 version is beautifully complex and detailed, offering up a complex bouquet of grapefruit, tart orange, gentle leesy tones, sea salts, stony minerality, lemongrass and a bit of oceanic brininess in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and focused, with a lovely core, impressive complexity and a long, vibrant and classy finish. This seems to be more user-friendly out of the blocks than the 2016 rendition (please see note below) and this is the vintage I would opt for drinking first, though both years are outstanding and will age long and gracefully. 2019-2035.
Issue 78 - Nov/Dec 2018
91 EC The Wine Enthusiast Peach and melon flavors are fresh but also full and slightly leesy. A citrusy palate is tight in structure, with lemony acidity keeping this Albariño crisp and focused. Orange and lime flavors are clean as polished glass, while this is long, pure and minerally on a stylish finish. Drink now.
Editors' Choice - April 2019
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Gran Vinum Albariño Seleccion Especial 2018
92 (I-WR) 92 (VfC) 91 (WS)
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92 International Wine Review A 100% Albariño that’s rich and complex, offering fresh garden herbs, pineapple, and tropical fruit. Lovely purity and focus with a creamy mouth feel. Elegant with purity of fruit on the palate that evokes lemon tart. Purity extends to the finish with lemony acidity. Delicious and beautifully focused.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
92 View from the Cellar The 2018 “Selección Especial” from Adegas Gran Vinum is an outstanding young Albariño, offering up superb depth and complexity right out of the blocks, but also with the structure to age very nicely for at least the next decade. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a fine blend of lemon, tart pear, dried flowers, lovely minerality and a topnote of sea salts. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully light on its feet, with a good core, fine focus and grip, bright acids and very good length and grip on the complex finish. A very lovely bottle of Albariño. 2020-2030.
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
91 Wine Spectator This white is rich and firm, with structure and depth. Pear, melon, ginger, tarragon and mineral notes are fresh and focused. Should age nicely. Drink now through 2026. 750 cases made, 420 cases imported. — TM
October 2019
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Gran Vinum Albariño Seleccion Especial 2019
93 (VfC) 91 (WE)
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93 View from the Cellar Gran Vinum’s Seleccion Especial is produced from fifty-plus year-old Albarino vines. The wine is aged for seven months on its fine lees, with a small percentage of the blend raised in older Burgundy casks, rather than the stainless steel for the remainder of the cuvee. The 2019 offers up a lovely bouquet of grapefruit, lemon peel, ocean breeze saltiness, wild fennel and a lovely base of wet stone minerality. On the palate the wine is deep, vibrant, full-bodied and complex, with a fine core, excellent mineral drive and backend lift and a long, zesty and very well-balanced finish. This is drinking beautifully but will also age very gracefully. 2021-2035+
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
91 The Wine Enthusiast Apple and peach aromas are punched up by controlled briny notes that lend prickle and complexity to the nose. This is well built, fresh and flows nicely across the palate. Lightly briny apple and melon flavors benefit from crisp acidity and core minerality. Drink now.
Michael Schachner - Issue June/July 2021
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Gran Vinum Albariño Seleccion Especial 2020
94 (WRO) 93 (VM) 92 (VfC)
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94 Wine Review Online "This is the best rendition of Albariño I’ve tasted this year, and though it carries a premium price, it is worth every penny, and surpasses in quality several wines that are my annual benchmarks (such as Pazo de Señorans, Fillaboa and Granbazan). In relation to those outstanding Albariños, this is physically denser and more concentrated, but without sacrificing any freshness, maintaining virtually perfect fruit-to-acidity balance through a long, symmetrical, mineral-tinged finish. The aromas show the lightest touch of floral scents without seeming perfumed, and the flavors are impressively deep but still precise, with no indication at all that the wine’s sheer size was achieved by pushing ripeness past an optimal point before harvesting. This excellent producer turns out three less expensive wines (Mar de Viñas and Nessa, both with list prices of $18 and Esencia Diviña at $24), all of which are excellent. Yet this wine, sourced from a single, estate vineyard, is stunning stuff that will very likely alter your sense of how good Albariño can be, and offer a reference point against which to judge everything else from this appellation. On top of all that, I’d bet it will become even better with a few more years in bottle…I just don’t know how much better for how many years. But there’s no doubt that this is a superb wine in its own right while also being a clear category leader."
Michael Franz – August 10, 2021
93 Vinous Media Pale yellow. Vibrant citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of jasmine and smoky minerals. Palate-staining Meyer lemon, pear nectar, honeysuckle and spicy ginger flavors are underscored by a repeating mineral nuance that builds as the wine opens up. Shows impressive depth but comes off lithe, finishing with strong, floral persistence and fine detail. Sourced from a single plot of 50-year-old vines and raised in stainless steel tanks. 2022 – 2027
Josh Raynolds - June 17, 2021 Atlantic Spain: It’s Always About the Weather…
92 View from the Cellar The 2020 Albariño “Selección Especial” from Gran Vinum is an excellent bottle. The bouquet delivers a classic combination of green apple, lemon, salty minerality, gentle leesiness and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and focused, with a good core of ripe fruit, lovely mineral drive and backend lift, zesty acids and a long, nascently complex and beautifully balanced finish. This has just been released and Gran Vinum makes some of the most age-worthy Albariño, so this will be even better with a bit of cellaring. But, it is already a very good drink! 2021-2035
John Gilman - Issue #92 March/April 2021
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