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 average 20-years-old vines
40 meters / decomposed granitic sandy loam
Farming Methods
Traditional methods, Vegan
All fruit was hand harvested and sorted prior to whole cluster pressing in pneumatic press
Fermented and aged for 2 months in stainless steel tanks with fine lees prior to bottling
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 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 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) 90 (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…
90 View from the Cellar This magnum of the 2020 Nessa bottling of Albariño from Adegas Gran Vinum is the same wine as the regular-sized format that was released last year, but just given an additional year of bottle aging in the cellars prior to release. The wine today is drinking splendidly out of magnum, offering up scents of fresh lime, tart orange, salty minerality, lemongrass and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, pure, medium-full and complex, with lovely mineral signature, bright acids and lovely length and grip on the well-balanced finish. Readers may recall that the regular-sized bottle last year was under screwcap and it is so nice to see the real wine out of magnum, as it is texturally so much more precise and suave under natural cork! Good juice. 2022-2032.
John Gilman – Issue #98 March/April 2022
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Nessa Albariño 2021
91 (WRO) 91 (OB) 90 (WE) 89+ (VfC)
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91 Wine Review Online This is one of four bottlings of Albariño from Adegas Gran Vinum, three of which have just become available from the 2021 vintage (the top-of-the-line “Selección Especial” bottling will presumably be released a bit later). This wine and the “Mar de Viñas” and “Esencia Diviña” bottlings will all surely improve with time, as proved both by the track records of earlier vintages and also by the improvement they currently show after being aerated. This is a medium-bodied rendition of Albariño with excellent balance between fruit and acidity, recalling just-ripe peaches with a squeeze of citrus acidity and a pleasant tinge of bitterness in the finish. Delicious — as usual.
Michael Franz – February 15, 2022
91 Coming from Albarino vines roughly 20 years of age, this was aged for two months in stainless steel on the lees prior to bottling. Very fresh with a smooth texture, the 2021 Nessa moves from gooseberry and kiwi notes alongside shades of Marcona almond and copious minerals on the palate. Enjoy now. Drink 2022-2026
Owen Bargreen - July 20, 2022
90 Wine Enthusiast A nose of pineapple and grapefruit sets the stage for flavors of lemon, green apple and lychee, with a soft floral lift. This wine is bright on the palate from first sip through the lasting finish.
M.D. - Best of the Year 2022
89+ View from the Cellar Adegas Gran Vinum makes such excellent Albariños. What I find most impressive is that their “entry level” bottlings always over-delver in terms of quality. The 2021 Nessa is a lovely example of this phenomenon, delivering a bright and complex bouquet of lime, green apple, sea salts, stony minerality and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, fullish and complex, with a good core, zesty acids, fine focus and grip and a long, bouncy finish. This is really very good Albariño for a bargain price! 2022-2030.
John Gilman – Issue 98 March-April 2022
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Nessa Albariño 2022
91 (OB) 91 (WRO) 89 (VfC)
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91 2022 Nessa Albarino- The 2022 ‘Nessa’ was sourced from vines that are roughly 20 years of age. Stored for two months in stainless steel on the lees prior to bottling, this offers a seamless mouthfeel on the approach. The flavor range here is outstanding texture, alongside Macadamia nut, kiwi and flinty ones on the palate, with shades of honeydew melon. Drink 2023-2027.
Owen Bargreen - October, 2023
91 Wine Review Online This is another excellent Albariño from Bodegas Gran Vinum, and though I slightly preferred the bodega’s Mar de Viñas release from the 2022 vintage, you should not hesitate to grab this if you don’t see both on offer in a retail store or on a restaurant list. The Nessa bottling is every bit as satisfying in physical density and depth of flavor, with the only qualitative difference of any consequence being a bit more textural “crackle” and vibrancy in the Mar de Viñas. Even that slight difference is based on a side-by-side tasting of just one bottle of each, so the difference may come down to a slightly better cork in one bottle than the other. In any case, you’ll surely enjoy the flavors recalling orchard fruits and ripe Golden apples, with fine balancing acidity and a very subtle floral topnote. Delicious.
Michael Franz Nov 14, 2023
89 View from the Cellar The Nessa cuvée of Albariño from Gran Vinum is also made from younger vines, as these are around twenty years of age. It is handled the same in the cellar as the Mar de Viñas. The 2022 Nessa is bright and expressive aromatically, wafting from the glass in a mix of pear, casaba melon, salty soil tones, white flowers and just a whisper of brininess in the upper register. On the palate the wine is vibrant, fullish and complex, with good depth at the core, bouncy acids, fine focus and a long, well-balanced and classy finish. This does not have the same granitic undertow as the Mar de Viñas bottling and is more floral in personality, but it is every bit as good. 2023-2030+.
John Gilman - Issue #103 January/February 2023.
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Nessa Albariño 2023
88 (VfC)
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88 View from the Cellar The Nessa bottling from Adegas Gran Vinum is made from twenty year-old vines, with the wine given three months aging on its fine lees in tank prior to bottling. The 2023 shows its screwcap just a bit on the nose, without the same refined synthesis of aromas as found in the cork- finished Mar de Viñas bottling. Nevertheless, it is a fine wine, offering up scents of lime, green apple, just a touch of reductive grassiness, salty soil tones and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, medium-full and complex, with a good core and acids, fine balance and a long, zesty finish. Where the screwcap impinges upon the wine’s ultimate quality is in its palate texture, which is a little discordant from the closure, as well as on a slightly clipped finish. For music fans, the best analogy I can come up with is the screwcap is like a digital recording on early CD technology, with some obvious missing “holes” to the production in comparison to the more complete analog sound found on records. This is a good wine, but it really has its wings clipped a bit by its choice of closure. 2024-2028.
John Gilman; Issue 109, January – February 2024 .
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