2018 Rodrigo Mendez Cies Albarino
Albarino - 750ML
2018 Rodrigo Mendez Cies Albarino
  • WA 94
  • WE 91
  • JG 90

Reg: $39.94

$37.94

This product is
out of stock

Reg: $39.94

$37.94

This product is
out of stock

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2020
The 2018 Cíes was produced with vineyards from Meaño, fermented and matured in 225-, 300- and 400-liter oak barrels with grapes from the vineyards that were used for the original Leirana from Forjas del Salnés. These are...   The 2018 Cíes was produced with vineyards from Meaño, fermented and matured in 225-, 300- and 400-liter oak barrels with grapes from the vineyards that were used for the original Leirana from Forjas del Salnés. These are the first grapes harvested, looking for a young wine with a short élevage. As each barrel is going to be slightly different, the blend is going to have nuance and complexity. This is a bit more concentrated and ready early on, perhaps the effect of the smaller barrels. The wines from the villages in the Meaño valley tend to have more acidity, and in 2018, this is sharp and saline, with a citrus twist. They always buy used barrels and do not want the wines to have any effect from the toast (sometimes they have to discard a specific barrel that has marked the wine). This will benefit from a little more time in bottle. It developed an iodine note as the wine sat in the glass. 5,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2019. - LG  
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast, August 2020
A light yellow color with straw tones and aromas of apple and haystack lead to a round but lively palate braced by integrated acidity. Green apple flavors are a touch peppery and pyrazinic, while this feels full and...   A light yellow color with straw tones and aromas of apple and haystack lead to a round but lively palate braced by integrated acidity. Green apple flavors are a touch peppery and pyrazinic, while this feels full and polished on a slightly salty finish. Drink now. MICHAEL SCHACHNER  
JG 90
View From The Cellar, February 2020
The Albariño “Cies” bottling from Rodrigo Mendez is produced from vines planted in 1954 and fermented with indigenous yeasts. Half of the cuvée is fermented in ancient wood vats, without temperature control, and the other...   The Albariño “Cies” bottling from Rodrigo Mendez is produced from vines planted in 1954 and fermented with indigenous yeasts. Half of the cuvée is fermented in ancient wood vats, without temperature control, and the other half in stainless steel, with both halves seeing some extended lees contact. The 2018 Cies offers up a fine nose of grapefruit, limepeel, ocean breeze, lemongrass and a good base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and well-balanced, with a fine core, good focus and grip and a long, nascently complex finish. With part of the bottling aged in older vats, it is more structured than many young Albariños and seems likely to age long and gracefully. It is quite approachable now, but my gut instinct is that it will blossom with a year or two in the cellar. Good juice.  
Category Description
Color & Type White
Varietal Albarino
Country Spain
Region Rias Baixas
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML