Vinous 90 points - Light yellow. Complex, floral-accented aromas and flavors of pear, candied citrus peel, herbs and ginger. Textured but taut, with strong mineral backbone and a penetrating, spicy finish. This will be very flexible at the table, or it could be drunk by itself.
Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2011 Pazo Barrantes has a simple, primal, grapefruit scented bouquet. The palate is nicely balanced but does not quite have the definition and tension of its peers on the peachy finish. Commercially savvy - this should be consumed in the next couple of years. Drink now-2014. (Feb 2013)
Pazo Barrantes, a wine that captures the subtle flavor and freshness of albarino, comes from 30 acres of premium vineyards, the largest single estate in Salnes Valley, Rias Baixas D.O. of Galicia, Spain. The family behind the well-known Rioja estate Marques de Murrieta produces Pazo Barrantes and founded the winery in 1991 to make the highest quality albarino. The wine’s true albarino character is a direct reflection of the Creixell family’s core values of quality and estate-owned vineyards, paired with a modern winemaking approach and the latest technology.
|Pazo Barrantes pairs well with any kind of seafood, white fish, soft cheeses and rice dishes. We recommend serving the wine at 12º to 14º C.
|Marques de Murrieta is named after Luciano de Murrieta, one of the founding fathers of modern Rioja winemaking, who established the estate in 1852 in the world renowned Rioja region of Spain. Today V. Dalmau Cebrian-Sagarriga, Count of Creixell, leads the family-owned company.
With a vision of innovation and respect for tradition, Marques de Murrieta is rooted in strong, historical fundamentals that shape the vision and philosophy of this iconic Spanish brand. The winery is settled near the southern tip of the Rioja Alta in the middle of the beautiful Ygay Estate, a unique 300 hectare vineyard that guarantees complete control over the grape source of the wines and is the key to the quality and style of Marques de Murrieta wines.