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From The Wine Advocate

93+ Points
2013 Do Ferreiro Albariño Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #216 (Part 2)

($39) A true icon of Rías Baixas, the 2013 Albariño Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas is pure Albariño from probably the oldest vineyards in the zone, in Spain and in the whole world, as they might be close to being 200 years old! The vines look more like trees because they are trained in the pergola style as is the norm in the region. As all his wines were fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and aged in contact with the lees for 11 months before being bottled. This wine is produced from a plot of extremely old vines that are planted next to his house and winery, basically from his garden. There's one hectare of vines there and volumes vary wildly as in the difficult years they have to do a severe selection and in some years the wine is not produced at all (like in 2014, 2012 or 2008) but in 2013 they managed to produce 8,000 bottles of it. You can see the complexity and depth of aromas as soon as you put your nose in the glass. Notes of waxy apples, fennel, aniseed (which Gerado says is one of the signs of a great vintage) and white apples emerge from the glass followed by a medium-bodied palate showing incredible concentration without feeling heavy. Everything here is more concentrated, including the acidity, it's a size (or three!) bigger than the Do Ferreiro, but all in balance and harmony. One of the greatest Albariños. Bravo! I also tasted the 2010 which is evolving slowly and it's already displaying notes of petrol; it was a wine with very high acidity and it has mellowed down tremendously. It's a real pleasure now. He was king enough to pop a 2006 from a torrid year and a summer when half of Galicia burnt down; it had a ripe smoky nose, less vibrant in the palate, but still holding it. It is an Albariño to lay down.

Gerardo Méndez, creator of the cult Rías Baixas Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas, considers 2013 one of his best vintages together with 1992, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2007. The wines are superb, and the Cepas Velhas is truly outstanding. He works with natural yeasts and produces completely dry wines, he hates residual sugar. He also produced one remarkably mineral white in Monterrei, called Amizade.

91 Points
2013 Do Ferreiro Albariño
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #216 (Part 2)

($28) The 2013 Albariño Do Ferreiro is fermented in stainless steel and bottled early. This is a blend of grapes from different plots of vines mostly on granite soils, but some on slate. It's a serious and fresh effort showing subtle aromas of hay and straw, grass, waxy apples and white flowers. The palate is light to medium-bodied, with very clean flavors that are a little shy, have good acidity and present very clean flavors. They have some more vineyards to grow the volumes for this wine, but 2014 has been a disastrous harvest and quantities are very limited anyway. For comparison purposes I tasted a 2007 which is taking some characteristics that make me think of a Loire Chenin Blanc with some honeyed, waxy, smoky, mineral notes. Some 90,000 bottles were filled.

Gerardo Méndez, creator of the cult Rías Baixas Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas, considers 2013 one of his best vintages together with 1992, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2007. The wines are superb, and the Cepas Velhas is truly outstanding. He works with natural yeasts and produces completely dry wines, he hates residual sugar. He also produced one remarkably mineral white in Monterrei, called Amizade.

From Vinous (International Wine Cellar)

91 Points
2014 Do Ferreiro Albariño
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 2016

($29.00) Light chartreuse color. Sharply focused, assertively perfumed nose displays an array of citrus and orchard fruit scents complicated by sexy floral and mineral nuances. Sappy, penetrating and pure, offering crackling lemon-lime flavors and suggestions of fresh fig and honeysuckle. The mineral quality comes back strong on the long, nervy finish, along with a subtle touch of spicy ginger.

90 Points
2014 Do Ferreiro Rebisaca
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 2016

($27.00) Pale, green-tinged gold. High-pitched aromas of fresh citrus fruits, quinine, pungent herbs and minerals, with a suave floral touch gaining power with air. Dry and chewy on the palate, offering sharply focused Meyer lemon and pear skin flavors and a refreshingly bitter jolt of quinine. Clings with very good tenacity on a long, nervy finish that leaves a dusty mineral note behind.

92 Points
2013 Do Ferreiro Albariño Cepa Vellas
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 2016

($39.00) Vivid straw. Highly aromatic scents of lime zest, lemongrass, smoky minerals and tarragon, plus a hint of ginger. Sappy, focused and pure, offering mineral-laced citrus and orchard fruit flavors, with a sexy floral quality emerging with aeration and resonating through the refreshingly spicy, very long finish.

91 Points
2013 Do Ferreiro Albarino Rias Baixas
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($29) Light yellow. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of dried citrus fruits, pear and white flowers, with a hint of tarragon in the background. Fleshy and dry on the palate, offering sappy lime and bitter pear skin flavors that firm up and become more stony with air. Bright, minerally and focused on the penetrating finish, with the floral and pear notes repeating emphatically. I wouldn't have guesses that this elegant wine came from a rough vintage.

90 Points
2013 Do Ferreiro Rebisaca Rias Baixas
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($27) (a blend of albarino, treixadura and loureira): Green-tinged yellow. Suave, mineral-tinged citrus and orchard fruit aromas, plus suggestions of chamomile, ginger and sea salt. Dusty and tightly focused on the palate, offering light-bodied lime and quince flavors and a touch of bitter herbs. A jolt of white pepper adds bite to the finish, which shows sneaky persistence and echoing minerality.

93 Points
2011 Do Ferreiro Albarino Cepas Vellas Rias Baixas
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($39) Bright yellow.  Powerful, mineral-accented aromas of citrus zest, white flowers and pear skin.  Stains the palate with concentrated lemon, pear and honeysuckle flavors braced by chalky mineral and ginger notes.  Refuses to let go on the finish, where the mineral and floral notes echo emphatically.  A superb combination of power and vivacity here.  I was able to taste the components of the estate's "classic" Rias Baixas just before bottling and it should be an outstanding, fruit- and floral-driven wine, with the region's typical minerality on full display.

93 points
2010 Do Ferreiro Albarino Cepas Vellas Rias Baixas
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($39) (made from vines that are reportedly over 200 years old):  Light, bright yellow.  Intense, mineral-accented aromas of orange, green apple and melon, with chalk and floral accents and a touch of anise.  Dry and racy on the palate, with impressive depth to its vivid orchard fruit and citrus zest flavors.  Finishes bright and very long, with resonating spiciness and excellent clarity.

91 points
2010 Do Ferreiro Rebisaca Rias Baixas
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($25) (90% albarino and 10% treixadura, aged on its lees in stainless steel for seven months):  Light yellow.  Aromas and flavors of honeydew, pear and lemon curd, with hints of chalk and white pepper.  Juicy and focused, with excellent finishing clarity and lingering mineral and floral notes. 

91 points
2011 Do Ferreiro Albarino Rias Baixas
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($27) Light, bright yellow.  Vibrant, mineral-inflected aromas of citrus zest, quince and agave, with a floral topnote.  Bright and taut on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, presenting intense orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a deeper nectarine quality.  Closes with impressive energy and lift, leaving a candied ginger note in its wake.