Nessa Albariño

"minerally and long, featuring a subtle floral note and a snap of chalky minerality." —
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media
Rias Baixas D.O.
100% Albariño
40 meters / decomposed granitic sandy loam
Farming Methods
Traditional methods, Vegan
Hand harvested fruit, hand sorted at the winery prior to processing
Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 20 days at low temperature
Aged 3 months with fine lees in stainless steel tank
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Nessa Albariño 2017
92 (WRO) 90 (IWR) 89 (VM) 88 (WE)
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92 Wine Review Online Albariño is becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason, but one consequence is that it is becoming more difficult to find complete, convincing renditions priced in the mid-teens. But here you go: A terrific rendition with subtle floral aromas leading to ripe peach flavors edged with citrus acidity.
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Michael Franz, May 1, 2018
90 International Wine Report There is a lot to like with [this] Albariño. Vibrant and currently displaying a wonderful salinity, Marcona almond, white peach and gooseberry flavors all come together and fill the glass. Balanced, with lovely acidity and minerality through the finish.
June 2018
89 Vinous Media Vivid straw color. Citrus pith, white flowers and a zesty mineral topnote on the tightly focused nose and in the mouth. Dry and minerally in character showing good delineation and a refreshingly bitter quinine flourish on the nicely persistent finish.
Drink 2019-2021
Spain’s Northern Regions Keep it Cool – March 2019
88 The Wine Enthusiast Prickly citrus aromas show a softer yeasty edge. On the palate, this is round and balanced, with good body and fresh acidity. Pithy orange and sea-salt flavors finish briny in flavor but correct and not edgy or acidic in feel.
November 2018
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Nessa Albariño 2018
90 (I-WR) 89 (VfC) 88 (WS) *** (WP)
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90 International Wine Review The Nessa Albariño offers a lovely light tropical fruit nose with hints of melon and citrus. It is fresh and round on the palate with a leesy character and excellent extract of tropical fruit. A little further from the sea than the Mar de Vinas and a little riper.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
89 View from the Cellar The Nessa bottling from Adegas Gran Vinum is their entry level bottling and made from local growers with whom the winery works each year, with all of the vines used for the production of this bottling hand-harvested and at least twenty-five years of age. The 2018 version is really fine, offering up a deep and complex bouquet of tart pear, lime peel, lovely ocean breeze salinity, good minerality and a touch of dried flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is crisp, full and bright, with a lovely core, good soil signature and a long, vibrant and complex finish. There is just the first hint of pinching starting to pop up on the tail end of the finish, due to its closure, so I would opt for decanting this bottle before serving, just to let it unlock completely. It is really too bad that it is bottled under screwcap, as it has the depth and balance to age nicely for five to seven years, but I would fear keeping it that long under screwcap. But, for drinking over the near-term, it is really a lovely example and a superb value! 2020-2023+?
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
88 Wine Spectator Floral and sea breeze notes give this fresh, light white a jaunty character. Green peach, lime and tarragon flavors float across the juicy palate. Bright and refreshing. Drink now. 7,000 cases made, 4,000 cases imported. — TM
October 2019
*** The Washington Post Score: *** Stars (Exceptional/Great Value)
Racy with aromas and flavors of kumquat and lime, this lovely, crisp white wine from Galicia in northwestern Spain is ideal for lighter seafood dishes.
November 2019
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Nessa Albariño 2019
90 (WB) 90 (WE) 89+ (VfC)
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90 Washington Wine Blog The 2019 ‘Nessa’ shows great weight with a soft texture. Layers of kiwi, gooseberry and lime with salted almond all brilliantly connect on the palate. Enjoy in the short-term. Drink 2020-2024.
Dr. Owen J. Bargreen, CS - July 2020
90 The Wine Enthusiast Bright aromas of lemon-lime are offset by a note of lanolin. A plump mouthfeel is enlivened by core acidity, while apple and melon flavors are clean and nice. In two words, this is delicious and refreshing.
Michael Schachner – February/March 2021
89+ View from the Cellar The 2019 Nessa Albariño from Adegas Gran Vinum is very pretty and expressive right out of the blocks, offering up a vibrant bouquet of pear, spring flowers, salty soil tones and a bit of wet stone minerality as well. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and zesty, with really an ample core for an entry level Albariño, bouncy acids and fine length and grip on the youthful, succulent finish. This is really good- only wish it was under a natural cork, as you already have to give it a bit of air to undo the reductive nature of the screwcap. But, with a bit of swirling, there is plenty of personality here. 2020-2024.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020
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Nessa Albariño 2020
90 (VM) 89 (VfC)
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90 Vinous Media Brilliant straw. Mineral-tinged orange, pear and floral scents are complemented by a hint of quinine. Shows very good clarity and cut to the juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors, which deepen on the back half. Lingers with strong, minerally persistence, leaving honeysuckle and orange notes behind. 2021 – 2024.
Josh Raynolds – June 17, 2021 Atlantic Spain: It’s Always About the Weather…
89 View from the Cellar Nessa is the entry level bottling of Albarino from Gran Vinum, and I understand that the market wants this wine under screwcap, but to my palate, it is just too good an example to be sacrificed under the screw! The 2020 offers up a bright and zesty nose of lime, green apple, sea salts, wet stone minerality and a touch of lemongrass in the upper register. On the palate the wine is vibrant, fullish and complex, with a good core, fine mineral undertow and a long, classy finish. This is very good Albarino for its very moderate price tag! 2021-2028.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
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