Forjas des Salnés 2020 'Leirana' Albariño, Val de Salnes, Rías Baixas, Spain - DECANTsf

Forjas des Salnés 2020 'Leirana' Albariño, Val de Salnes, Rías Baixas, Spain

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This humble garage winery came to life in 2005 when vineyard owner and winemaker Rodrigo Mendez began to revitalize a little piece of Galician history that was quickly fading.

Winemaker: Rodriguo Mendez

Variety: 100% Albariño

Farming: Sustainable

Terroir: VINEYARDS Located in Rías Baixas, in the rolling hills of northwest Spain, along the Atlantic Ocean. Rías Baixas is one of the rainiest areas in Spain, with an average annual rain fall of 63 inches. Vines were planted between 1952-1982. Soil isi pure granite with top layers of rocks and alluvial soil. 

Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation occurs naturally with native yeasts. Zero malolactic fermentation and 100% unoaked.


It all began in the early 2000s when Rodri's mission became clear: to execute his grandfather’s lifelong dream of grafting and replanting the nearly extinct, ancient coastal red vineyards in Val do Salnes and craft noteworthy, less commercial whites. As a native son of the region, his local knowledge and connections have proven very useful in locating and securing the rights to farm some very old plantations of Albariño, many of which had been previously abandoned. The Albariños at this address have very little in common with the fresh and vivacious but ultimately one-dimensional wines that constitute the majority of the category.


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