Adegas Gran Vinum is a family winery owned by Enrique Pineiro. In 1998 the Val do Salnes subregion was added to D.O. Rias Baixas spurring a renewed focus on quality wines. Adegas Gran Vinum reacted by adding new vineyard plots on steep, sandy, south-facing slopes, near the ocean which minimized temperature swings and extended maturation times giving more spice, saline and fruity varietal character to the wines.
Soils in the vineyards are enriched in the traditional manner by digging in shells of local mollusks.The “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.
93pts Vinous – 2020 vintage
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
92pts View from the Cellar – 2020 vintage
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.
94pts Wine Review Online – 2020 vintage
This is the best rendition of Albariño I’ve tasted this year 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-toacidity 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. 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.