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Adegas Morgadío

Legado del Conde Albariño 2018

Price: $18.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Adegas Morgadío
Vintage Year: 2018
Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
Appellation: D.O. Rías Baixas

TASTING NOTES

A full-bodied, serious, dry Albariño similar to its sibling Morgadío incorporating wines made from the first pressing in a comparatively softer and more floral style.

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PRESS

Legado del Conde Albariño (2017) - "Pale, green-hued yellow. Zest, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas show very good clarity and pick up a floral quality as the wine opens up. Nicely concentrated yet nervy, offering Meyer lemon and bitter quince flavors that pick up a subtle herbal nuance on the back half. Finishes chewy, dry and long, leaving a suggestion of lemon curd behind. Here's a textbook rendition of the appellation that's a flat-out steal."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Mar 28, 2019

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2017) - "This straw colored Albarino from Morgadio opens with a mango, lime and wet stone bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a mild mineral infused lime and lemon blend with notes of stone fruit. I also detected hints of tart green apple and green tea towards the end. The finish is dry and fades away nicely. This Albarino is not overly complex, however, it is easy to drink and enjoy. I would pair it with fish and chips. Enjoy."

88 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Apr 21, 2019

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2016) - "This light straw colored Albarino opens with a fragrant lemon bouquet with the hint of banana and green apple. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, lively, bright and pleasantly acidic. The flavor profile is primarily lime with notes of pink grapefruit and gentle minerality. I also detected some hints of saline and a touch of mango. The finish is dry and very refreshing. I would pair this Albarino with a grilled swordfish sandwich. Enjoy."

89 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Feb 20, 2018

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2014) - "Light, bright yellow. Vibrant, focused aromas of melon and nectarine accented by an enlivening touch of orange zest. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering juicy orchard and citrus fruit flavors that put on weight with air while maintaining vivacity. Closes stony and long, with a building floral quality and lingering pear and Meyer lemon flourishes."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 1, 2016

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2013) - "Focused on fruity notes of apples and peaches and sweet honeycomb scents of wildflowers, this uses all its leesy richness to bring that sweet fruit in line. Chill it for pork roasted with peaches."

90 Points (Best Buy)
Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits, Aug 1, 2014

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2013) - "Light yellow-gold. Fresh pear, melon and nectarine aromas are brightened by white flowers and ginger. Silky and broad, offering juicy tropical and pit fruit flavors energized by a lively mineral quality. Closes with good punch and length, leaving a honeydew note behind."

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

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2012) - "This light yellow colored Albariño opens with a wet stone and pear like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced and mouthwatering. The flavor profile is a tasty gentle tart green apple with notes of pear and minerality. I also detected a hint of honey. The finish is dry and rather refreshing. This very nice wine would pair well with linguine with a clam sauce broth. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jul 1, 2013

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2012) - "Light yellow-gold. Pear, nectarine and yellow plum aromas are brightened by honeysuckle and dusty minerals. Broad and fleshy but energetic, offering ripe orchard fruit flavors and a bitter kick of lemon zest. Finishes with good grip and tangy persistence, leaving a musky pear skin note behind."

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

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2012) - "Albariño, from the Rias Baixas region of Galicia in northwest Spain, essentially has two expressions: mineral and fruit. The Legado falls in the more traditional mineral style, with a focus on stony, saline flavors, hints of tree fruits and a squeeze of citrus. From Classical Wines, an importer to note for traditional-styled Spanish wines."


Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, Jul 1, 2013

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2011) - "On the brighter side of a rich albariño, this is tight and floral, fragrant with pear scents. There’s tension between the fleshy fruit and complex, toasty flavors, lasting together with a cut of bitter orange zest acidity. For wood-oven roasted oysters."

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

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2011) - "Light yellow-gold.  Highly aromatic, complex bouquet evokes pear, white peach, melon and white flowers.  Round and supple in texture, with deep honeydew and pit fruit flavors that expand with air.  Finishes smooth and sappy, with lingering peach and floral notes.  On the rich side for Albariño but in no way lacking energy."

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

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2011) - "Crisp, aromatic and flavorful, with Macintosh apple, lemon zest, notes of almond blossoms, and stony minerals on the nose, followed by lemon and white peach on the palate, with touches of Valencia orange and limestone. Lively and refreshing finish. Great BTG. Steamed lobster with drawn butter."


Santé Magazine, Sep 1, 2012

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2010) - "This yellow colored Albariño opens with an apple and mild wet stone bouquet with a hint of pear. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and slightly acidic and crisp. The flavor profile is a mineral infused Bosc pear with hints of lime and pilsner beer. The finish is dry and nicely refreshing. The wine would pair well with swordfish kabobs. Enjoy."

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

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2010) - "Pale gold. Subdued aromas of apple, pear, quince, lemon gelato and talc. Silky in texture but tight, with flavors of orange pith, green apple and fresh fig enlivened by zesty acidity. Offers gentle sweetness and holds its shape on the nicely persistent finish."

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

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2010) - "Adegas Morgadio’s 2010 Legado del Conde Albarino offers up a fruity, lemon-accented perfume along with mineral and spice notes. Savory on the palate in a softer style than is the norm, this is a good value in Albarino that will provide enjoyment over the next 2-3 years. "

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

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2009) - "This pale yellow colored Albarino opens with a mild apple bouquet with hints of lime and tangerine. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced, and polished. The flavor profile is a delicious mild green apple with hints of Bosc pear, lime and minerality. The finish is dry and fresh. This wine would be perfect with grilled lemon chicken."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Sep 17, 2010

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2009) - "Pale yellow. High-pitched citrus fruits and minerals on the nose, with hints of honeysuckle and green apple coming up with air. Spicy and precise on the palate, offering tangy lemon and pink grapefruit qualities and brisk minerality. Dry, incisive, pure wine with a long, mineral-driven finish."

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

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2009) - "The 2009 Legado del Conde Albarino is light straw-colored with a pleasing perfume of lemon and mineral. Made in a lighter style [than it's sibling Morgadío], it has very good concentration, savory, dry flavors, and good length. Drink it over the next 2-3 years."

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

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2008) - "Light yellow-gold. Lemon zest, pear and honeysuckle on the nose. Juicy citrus and bitter pit and orchard fruit flavors are firmed by dusty minerals, which add refreshing lift and incisive character. Dry, mineral-driven and pure, with impressive finishing clarity and minerality. This would work beautifully with fresh shellfish."

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

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2008) - "I recently attended a blind tasting of wines from Rias Biaxas. In the flight of Albarinos, this wine was the clear winner. It is a light yellow colored wine that opens with a fragrant pear and peach like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, viscous, and very nicely balanced with really tasty green apple like flavors. The finish is dry and it also lingers nicely. I felt this wine would be a perfect wine to pair with lemon drizzled grilled swordfish. Enjoy – Ken"


Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Apr 14, 2009

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2007) - "A smoky gunflint note adds interest to this firm white. Ripe peach and light herbal flavors pick up floral and citrus zest notes on the finish. Shows balance, depth and verve. Drink now through 2009."

90 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Sep 15, 2008

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2007) - "Pale straw-gold. Racy lime and grapefruit on the nose, with a subtle mineral undertone and late-arriving floral qualities. Clean and brisk, with high-pitched citrus flavors giving way to richer pear and white peach. The very persistent finish leaves a refreshingly bitter lime zest quality behind."

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

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2007) - "...lovely, sleek, almost salty lines that will caress shellfish. Just a touch of Riesling-like peach lies at the center of the low-alcohol, high-acid body. Perfect summer sippin'."


David Rosengarten, Rosengarten Report, Jul 14, 2008

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2006) - "Pale yellow. Dusty pear and peach aromas are accented by jasmine and green tea. Fresh kiwi and orchard fruit flavors display good depth, with gentle acidity adding lift. A relatively soft expression of albarino, with the ripeness to accompany richer, spicier dishes."

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

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Legado del Conde Albariño (2005) - "Pale gold. Bright, minty, stony aromas of fresh citrus and pear kissed by ginger. Firm and dry, with bright orange and lemon flavors and a juicy tone to the finish. Almost gentle in the context of albarino."

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

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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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