2015 Bodega Garzón Albariño

2015 Bodega Garzón Albariño

Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón sustainably farms 524 acres of vineyards planted to thin, rocky granitic soils, and cooled by breezes from the Atlantic, which is only 11 miles away.  The grapes were hand-picked,  whole cluster pressed, and raised in stainless steel on lees for six months.

The wine pours a pale lemon green color with appealing stone fruit, tropical fruit, wet stone and a hint of jasmine aromas. On the palate it’s medium-bodied with ample ripe peach, apricot, pineapple, lime, and tangerine flavors nicely balanced with bright acidity, a nuanced minerality and a lingering finish. 100% Albarino.  This is an interesting (in a very good way) expression of Albariño that offers wonderful value! (Very good; 88-89 pts)

14.5% abv | $17 (sample)
When Alejandro Bulgheroni and his wife, Bettina, discovered the small village (population of 600) of Garzón in 1999, they saw in it their “little Uruguayan Tuscany”, and they had a dream, a family dream that has come true today: Agroland.
Agroland is a 10,000-acre sustainable agriculture business that raises cattle and produces pecans, almonds, honey, and 400,000 liters of award-winning extra-virgin olive oil.  Bodega Garzón, the family estate and winery is a part of Agroland.

Garzón represents a new wine region, a new winery, and a new concept in agriculture. It has been our goal from early on to introduce state-of-the-art technology to enhance our vineyards and produce premium wines –  Bodega GarzónfounderAlejandro P. Bulgheroni

Bodega Garzón is located near the southeastern coast of Uruguay.  It  is about 110 miles from the capital of Montevideo.  They craft limited production premium wine from their estate vineyards.   The estate vineyards  are divided into more than 1,150 individual blocks that follow the farm’s topography featuring a distinct terroir of varying altitudes and exposures.   While primarily focused on Tannat, Uruguay’s national grape Bodega Garzón works with many other grape varieties including Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc,  Pinot Noir and Viognier.

Their thoroughly modern facility is pursuing LEED certification  not only in their gravity flow winery (they are the first winery in the world seeking certification for the entire facility, including wine making and hospitality), but also in the vineyards.

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