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Adegas Morgadío

Morgadío Albariño 2016

Price: $21.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Adegas Morgadío
Vintage Year: 2016
Highest Rating: 90pts ( Wine Enthusiast)
Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
Appellation: D.O. Rías Baixas

TASTING NOTES

Intense and elegant with tropical fruit and kiwi complementing granitic minerality. Made from free-run juice, a well structured, dry Albariño with a long finish.

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PRESS

Morgadío Albariño (2017) - "Limpid straw color. Mineral-accented orange zest, peach, lemongrass and a hint of jasmine on the assertively perfumed nose. Dry and taut on the palate, offering concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors that show very good delineation. Hints of fennel and honeydew melon build with air. Finishes long and pure, leaving dusty mineral and bitter lime pith notes behind."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Mar 28, 2019

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Morgadío Albariño (2017) - "This white shows purity and polish, with wet stone and sea breeze notes framing pear, quince and blanched almond flavors. Firm acidity supports the broad texture. Generous yet balanced."

90 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2018

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Morgadío Albariño (2016) - "Peach aromas include a note of stone-fruit pit, while citrus is the other standout scent on an elegant nose. This wine is citrusy in feel, with good body and clarity. Flavors of orange and ripe grapefruit finish in fresh, clean fashion. "

90 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 1, 2017

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Morgadío Albariño (2015) - "Aromas of melon, lime and stream water are just right. This has a crystal clear sense of freshness to the palate along with lime, peach and melon flavors that coast on fine acidity and finish in refreshing fashion."

91 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 1, 2016

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Morgadío Albariño (2015) - "This pale straw colored Albariño from Morgadío is very good every vintage. The 2015 opens with a fragrant and attractive ripe pear bouquet with hints of wet stone. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is a tasty mineral infused green apple with notes of lime and tangerine and a hint of honeydew melon and thyme. The finish is dry and quite refreshing. This Albariño is very food friendly and versatile. I would serve it with Nova Scotia steamed mussels with drawn butter. Enjoy – Ken"

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Nov 17, 2016

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Morgadío Albariño (2014) - "Pale yellow. Mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of white flowers, ginger and dusty minerals. Dry, nervy and sharply focused, offering zesty Meyer lemon and green apple flavors and a refreshing jolt of bitter quinine. Finishes stony and quite long, with building spiciness and excellent clarity."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 1, 2016

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Morgadío Albariño (2014) - "Light yellow straw. Showing perfumed scents of white flowers and quince, this is a crisp, refreshing Albariño. The palate is balanced and fresh with crisp acidity and lingering flavors of pear and minerals. An excellent wine for simply prepared fish. The 148 acre Morgadio vineyard is located in the inland subdistrict of Condado de Tea on the north bank of the Miño River, the southernmost and sunniest part of the appellation."

89 Points
International Wine Review, Jan 1, 2016

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Morgadío Albariño (2014) - "This pale straw colored Albarino from Rias Baixas is very good. It opens with a mild lime and Bosc pear bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic, juicy and mouthwatering. The flavor profile is a tasty lime with notes of nicely integrated minerality with hints of Anjou pear. The finish is dry and its flavors and controlled acidity linger nicely. This Albarino is food friendly and would be perfect with stemmed shellfish or Coquilles St. Jacques. Enjoy!"

+92 Points - Very Good
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jul 1, 2015

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Morgadío Albariño (2013) - "Fresh orange, quince, honeysuckle and anise on the nose, with a vibrant mineral overtone. Bitter lemon and pear skin flavors are complicated by a gingery element, with tangy minerality adding lift. Gains weight on the incisive finish while maintaining vivacity and focus, leaving a chalky mineral note behind. "

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Morgadío Albariño (2012) - "This Spanish Albariño is impressive and very good. It is pale white gold colored and opens with fragrant ripe Bartlett pear with a hint of wet stone. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a mild mineral infused Anjou pear with a hint of gentle lime. The finish is dry and flavors drift away nicely. This Albariño is extremely food friendly. I would pair it with pan-seared scallops with tomato ragout and caramelized shallots."

92 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Aug 1, 2013

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Morgadío Albariño (2012) - "Pale, green-tinged yellow. Zesty mineral-accented aromas of lemon/lime, underripe pear and flowers, with a hint of ginger in the background. Taut, linear and precise, offering surprisingly dense citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of bitter quinine. Shows real power on the long, firm finish."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Morgadío Albariño (2011) - "Sunny and bright, one side of this wine is oceanic, with the lasting scent of crushed seashells, another is earthy and floral, hinting at the green scent of lilies. Then there’s the darker undertone, a buzz of earthy acidity. The perfect wine for sardines grilled at the beach, served on a slab of potato."

92 Points
Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits, Aug 1, 2012

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Morgadío Albariño (2011) - "This pale yellow colored Albariño from Rias Baixas opens with a very inviting peach and apricot bouquet with a hint of orange marmalade. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, balanced, savory and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a tasty mild apricot with notes of orange and a touch of minerality towards the end. The finish is dry and pleasant. This wine would pair well with linguine with bay scallops and pancetta."

91 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jun 1, 2012

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Morgadío Albariño (2011) - "Light yellow.  Intense, mineral-accented aromas and flavors of candied citrus fruits, white pepper and honeysuckle, with a hint of ginger adding vivacity.  Sappy and penetrating, with very good finishing clarity and lingering spiciness.  This is an extremely reliable producer, with a long track record for producing some of the region's best wines."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Morgadío Albariño (2011) - "...2011 Morgadío Albariño has a distinctive nose of dried pineapple and fresh pear that displays admirable intensity. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry. There is a terse line of acidity and a lovely bitter lemon twist on the simple, but effective finish. Fine. Drink now-2018."

89 Points
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2013

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Morgadío Albariño (2011) - "More opulent than most Albariños, with pineapple, kiwi, and white peach aromas over a floral and mineral base. Racy palate, with notes of fresh apricot and peach, and touches of Valencia orange and chalky minerals. Balanced acidity on the crisp, pleasing finish. Good summer wine. Grilled lemon cod."


Santé, Sep 1, 2012

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Morgadío Albariño (2010) - "This pale yellow colored Albariño opens with a mild pilsner beer bouquet with a hint of green apple. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, balanced, and slightly acidic. The flavor profile is a mineral infused Anjou pear with a hint of gentle lime and saline. The finish is dry and pleasant. This Albariño is very food friendly and would be perfect with shellfish. I would recommend Alaskan King crab legs or broiled scallops. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Dec 1, 2011

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Morgadío Albariño (2010) - "Bright gold. Highly fragrant bouquet displays an array of ripe, spice-accented citrus fruit and floral aromas, with a subtle smokiness. Bright and energetic in the mouth, with flavors of ripe tangerine, melon and candied citrus fruits accented by herbal nuances. A medium-bodied, incisive wine that closes with very good focus and lingering spiciness."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Morgadío Albariño (2010) - "The 2010 Morgadio Albarino was fermented with native yeasts. It delivers a more expressive perfume of lemon and other citrus, nutmeg, jasmine, and mineral. Nicely proportioned, mouth-filling and lengthy, it is an excellent value for drinking over the next 3-4 years. "

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Morgadío Albariño (2009) - "Bright straw. Dusty, mineral-accented citrus and green apple aromas are complicated by anise and white flowers. Firm, tightly wound lime and lemongrass flavors are underscored by talc and quinine qualities, which add back-end cut. Finishes with nervy lift and lingering minerality. This would be great with raw oysters."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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Morgadío Albariño (2009) - "Always among the top bottlings in each vintage from Rias Baixas, Morgadio is particularly appealing in 2009. It shows classic balance between ripe peach fruit in the midpalate and a zesty edge of citrus in the finish, and yet the wine is so integrated that the sensations seem continuous rather than set off against one another. Whereas a lot of bottlings from Rias Baixas are marred these days by diluted midpalates that leave them seeming unsatisfying, this wine delivers."

90 Points
Michael Franz, Wine Review Online, Oct 26, 2010

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Morgadío Albariño (2009) - "The 2009 Morgadio Albarino has a more mineral-dominated nose along with lemon zest, honey, and floral elements. Dry, concentrated, and lengthy, it will drink nicely for another 3-4 years."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 30, 2010

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Morgadío Albariño (2009) - "This pale yellow colored Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain opens with a mild lime bouquet with a hint of wet stone and pilsner beer. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, crisp, and zesty. The flavor profile is a mineral infused lime with a touch of lemon in the background. The finish is dry and nicely refreshing. Its mineral notes linger for a little while after it's gone. This wine would be quite a nice option to be served chilled on a beach. The other option is to pair it with bacon wrapped scallops."

89 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jul 12, 2010

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Morgadío Albariño (2008) - "Light yellow. Talc, lime and pear on the nose. Juicy, refreshingly bitter orchard fruit and citrus zest flavors gain weight with air and pick up a sweet melon quality. Smooth, succulent and focused, with excellent finishing cut and spicy persistence."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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Morgadío Albariño (2008) - "This light yellow colored Albarino is always one of my favorite Spanish white wines each year. This vintage is no exception. This very quaffable wine opens with an attractive peach and guava like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, smooth, and very well balanced. One reviewer called it dangerously drinkable. The flavor profile is a delicious light peach with gently infused minerality throughout. The finish is dry and drifts away very nicely. This wine would be a perfect complement to bacon wrapped scallops or chicken cordon bleu."


Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jun 18, 2009

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Morgadío Albariño (2007) - "Light gold. Potent citrus and green apple scents are complicated by quinine, green tea and wet stone. Brisk lime and orchard fruit flavors are sharply focused and pure, with slow-building lichee and melon components adding depth. Blends richness and vivacity deftly, finishing with good breadth as well as cut. This will be great with Thai coconut curries."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 15, 2008

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Morgadío Albariño (2007) - "White values under $25."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 27, 2009

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Morgadío Albariño (2007) - "Scents of orange blossom and pink grapefruit bring a citrus acidity to keep this wine's plump richness in line. It's a fresh match for grilled sardines- the street food of Galicia-on a slab of potato."

90 Points
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Oct 1, 2008

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Morgadío Albariño (2007) - "This wine is a consistent winner every year. This year's vintage might even be the best yet. We enjoyed this charming pale yellow wine with friends on a beautiful summer day on Lake George in the Adirondacks in New York. This gem opens with a pleasant wet stone and green apple like bouquet. On the palate, this is medium bodied wine is well balanced, clean, and is absolutely delicious with ripe green apple flavors with notes of lime. We were yearning for a second glass as soon as we finished the first sip. It didn't last very long. The finish is dry and very refreshing. We thought this wine would pair perfectly with grilled swordfish. Serve chilled. Enjoy - Ken"


Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jul 15, 2008

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Morgadío Albariño (2007) - "I love this Morgadio Rias Baixas, tasting just like the old days. Stony nose. Lovely structure and backbone, but fabulous acid weaves through it. Dry and gentle finish. I discovered recently that Albariños with good extract can age 4-5 years; this one's a strong contender.....if you can avoid drinking it with scallops this summer!"


David Rosengarten, Rosengarten Report, Jul 14, 2008

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Morgadío Albariño (2006) - "Bright straw. High-pitched citrus, quince and mineral aromas offer superb precision and energy. Brisk lemon, pear, quince and quinine flavors display excellent clarity, filling out with air and picking up a riper tangerine quality. Really saturates the palate but maintains superb focus, finishing on a lip-smacking note of lime zest, with outstanding persistence."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2007

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Morgadío Albariño (2006) - "The 2006 Morgadío Albariño is light gold-colored with an attractive nose of mineral, citrus, and lemon. This leads to a medium-bodied wine with a smooth texture, good balance, and pleasing flavors. Drink this excellent Albarino over the next 1-2 years."

89 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Morgadío Albariño (2006) - "If this wine is any indication of the 2006 Albariños from Riás Baixas then I can't wait to try others. This light straw yellow wine opens with a big inviting gooseberry and tropical bouquet. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is very nicely balanced, creamy, and crisp with lively fruit flavors. This wine would be a good match with halibut or swordfish. The finish is dry, refreshing, and has decent length. Enjoy this wine, we did."


Ken Hoggins, KensWineGuide.com, May 15, 2007

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Morgadío Albariño (2005) - "Albariño's succulence is rarely so well expressed as this; satiny-smooth and smoky with tropical fruit and peach flavors"

Spain recommendation - ***
Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine, Wine Guide 2007, Oct 1, 2006

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Morgadío Albariño (2005) - "Medium straw-colored with an intense perfume of honey, spring flowers, and peach. On the palate the wine exhibits excellent ripeness, concentration and a supple texture. It has enough stuffing to accompany richly sauced fish courses and white meats. "

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Morgadío Albariño (2005) - "Greenish-straw color. Vibrant, minerally bouquet of wet stone, acacia flower, honeysuckle, lime and lemon zest, grapefruit and green apple. Racy, exuberant citrus and fresh fig flavors show good lift and a stony, mouthwatering quality. This has impressive length and energy, with a finish that won't let up. Another superb wine from this consistently topnotch producer. "

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2006

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Morgadío Albariño (2005) - "Good solid, crisp white wine, a little fuller-bodied than most, would be great with shellfish."

**** 1/2
Michael Lonsford, The Houston Chronicle, May 1, 2006

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Morgadío Albariño (2004) - "Morgadío was one of the pioneer Albariño wines in the U.S., thanks to Steve Metzler of Classical Wines, and remains one of the best. The 2004 has citrus, minerally, floral aromas, is dry, with crisp acidity, and good length. "

90 Points
Ed McCarthy, Wine Review Online, Mar 1, 2006

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Morgadío Albariño (2004) - "Alluring flavors of melon, coconut, chamomile and tangerine give this round white loads of personality. It's silky and generous..."

89 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 30, 2005

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Morgadío Albariño (2004) - "Fresh and pure, with a solid citrus quality. The nose features pineapple and peaches, with a shot of mineral. Orange is the predominant flavor, mixed with some drying soda cracker. Well balanced and properly acidic, with proper dryness on the finish."

88 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 15, 2005

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Morgadío Albariño (2004) - "Composed 100% from the albariño grape variety, this 2004 dry white wine from the small producer Adegas Morgadío is memorable drinking. Everything about Morgadío 2004 somehow seems to involve delicious lemons. The color is a brilliantly clear pale lemon; the scent is an admixture of lemons and minerals, which follows through in the taste, with an added (and lipsmacking) hint of brininess. Few wines have made me hunger more for the freshest fish and shellfish than Morgadío. This is a dry white that will have you dreaming about paella and spurning ho-hum chardonnays asking twice the price."


Matt Kramer, The New York Sun, May 3, 2006

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Morgadío Albariño (2003) - "An opulent style, rich and round on the palate, with pear, pineapple and coconut flavors, yet enough acidity to keep it lively."

87 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2005

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ADEGAS MORGADíO WINERY INFO

Overview: Morgadío is the easternmost inland estate in D.O. Rías Baixas, located in the subdistrict of Condado do Tea. Albariño’s revelation as one of the wine world’s noble white varieties is due in large part to work done at this property from the mid ’80s to the mid ’90s.

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History: Galicia's legendary Albariño grape until the late 1980s remained just that--a legend. Often thought to be distant relative, perhaps even an immediate ancestor of the Riesling, its high quality and extreme scarcity assured its perennial position as Spain's (and one of Europe's) most expensive wine grapes. The high cost tempted many to stretch production through overproduction and blending resulting in frequent disappointment on the part of the adventurous taster. Authentic examples were produced in tiny, unstable lots which never made it outside the region. In 1988 the D.O. Rías Baixas was established as part of an ongoing movement to recuperate and assure authenticity. Refocusing attention on a superior microclimate and fuller style, Morgadío ("only son" in Gallego) set new standards upon its release.

In 1984 a farm named Morgadío in the Rías Baixas subdistrict of Condado do Tea near the aldea of Albeos was consolidated from multiple existing owners, and planting began. Vineyard area was gradually expanded to its current 148 acres. Within Rías Baixas there are three primary subdistricts: El Rosal and Val do Salnés on Galicia's rainy Atlantic coast, and Condado do Tea inland on the north bank of the Miño River, a situation remarkably reminiscent of Germany's Rheingau. Condado's benign climate, southern exposure and soil of brilliantly-reflective granite sand serve to maximize the Albariño's concentration.

As important as the great Albariño grape to the production of world-class white wine is adequate winemaking equipment. Just in time for the 1988 harvest, Morgadío finished a state-of-the-art gravity-flow facility at the bottom of the vineyard amphitheater which includes pneumatic presses and isothermic stainless steel tanks. From the 1996 vintage, the Méndez family of Orense has increased investment in the bodega for maximization of the estate's production, with a current capacity for annual production of 100% estate-bottled Albariño of 10,000 cases.

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