Forjas del Salnes
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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Rías Baixas, Galicia
People: Rodrigo Méndez, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
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.
Arvid Rosengren: Traveling Man: Galicia Part 1
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."