Forjas del Salnes

Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Rías Baixas, Galicia
People: Rodrigo Méndez, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


Forjas del Salnes 2019 'Leirana' Albarino, Rias Baixas DO Login WA 93 <1 Case
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Lifelong viticulturist Rodrigo Méndez elaborates old vine, coastal grape varieties in the subzone of Val de Salnes in Rías Baixas. His textured, complex Albariños are beautifully balanced, displaying perfect ripeness. Through Rodri’s wines, you are “tasting a place”. Walking with him through his vineyard, only 15 feet from the ocean, one experiences firsthand how this prime location with granite soil is the quintessential place to grow Albariño.

Rodri is also a pioneer in bringing back the coastal red grape varieties once widely planted in the early 1900s. His fresh, mineral-driven ocean wines, “Tintos de Mar,” are rare Galician reds not to be missed.

Media Links
Arvid Rosengren: Traveling Man: Galicia Part 1

Social Media
Twitter: Forjas_Salnes
Instagram: @bodegaforjasdelsalnes

Wine Advocate 6/11/2020
"Most of the names that come to mind when we think of great Rías Baixas and great Albariño (but increasingly also red wines) originate in the Val do Salnés: Albamar, Do Ferreiro, Eulogio Pomares, Fulcro, Forjas del Salnés, Nanclares y Prieto, Narupa, Zárate… This is the zone with a true Atlantic/marine character and also the place with the most extreme fragmentation of the properties, with very small vineyards. 'Old-timers from Salnés never accepted the name Rías Baixas and didn’t agree about the other zones,' I was told more than once. 'They wanted to create an appellation for the Salnés rather than putting together different zones that don’t have that much in common. But Rías Baixas was created and that was that.' In 1988, when the appellation was created, there were three subzones; they added Soutomaior in October 1996, and then it was expanded again in May 2000 with the Ribeira do Ulla."

Wine Advocate 4/27/2016
"I tasted a gobsmacking collection from Forjas del Salnés, without a doubt one of the leading producers in the Rías Baixas region of Galicia. Last year I didn't taste the red wines, but I had a fascinating flight this year, including two different Caíños. The one from Finca Genoveva was stunning."


  • Forjas del Salnes 2019 'Leirana' Albarino, Rias Baixas DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (7/11/2020)

    The first Albariño to be bottled is the 2019 Leirana, which I was also able to compare with the 2018 vintage. It's the one that represents the character of the Valle del Salnés, as it's produced with grapes from different villages across the valley. This ferments in a combination of 60% stainless steel vats and 40% oak foudres, where the wine matures for six months. Contrary to what I've seen at other addresses, this 2019 is very closed and backward; it's a vintage with very high acidity, citrus and salt. This is still a little too young. The first lot of two was bottled in February 2020, when they used a little more wine from the foudre to make it more approachable, because the market demands the wines very early, and especially in 2019, the acidity is very sharp.