Friday, 1 February 2019

12 Liños 2017 12%, Viña Armijo

Bright paleish strawy gold with golden reflections.
Generous, fresh and appley with gentle traces of a coastal country meadow with grasses and herbs like camomile and a hint of apple skin texture. There is the faintest oxidative note which adds a little gravitas, roundness and complexity and there is no obvious flor.
Fairly full and well rounded with perfect balance and lots of ripe apple. There is a hint of that apple skin texture along with the dry chalky slightly saline feel so typical of wines grown on albariza yet the finish is long, clean and fruity with lots of Sanlúcar character, very satisfying.
This lovely wine is really expressive of its origins and comes from just 12 rows of vines (liños) in the Viña Armijo vineyard which belongs to the Florido family of Gaspar Florido fame, and was the source of those great wines. The vineyard is located in the eastern part of the pago Miraflores and the casa de viña dates back to the XVII century. Winemaking is supervised by Ramiro Ibáñez and the wine is 100% old vine Palomino which is aged for a few months in well seasoned old Manzanilla butts filled almost full to minimise flor. This is a classic Vino Blanco de Sanlúcar with a good heritage and is the second release, now in a Burgundy-shaped bottle filled on 24 the April 2018.
14.50, De Albariza

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