I tasted this vintage of the Albariño, and the 2017 X showed fresher, less evolved and more harmonious than the 2016. I've always liked their Albariño, even though it's not traditionally bottled separately in Ribeiro, and it certainly behaves better than Godello in the warmer Leiro-Gomariz zone. It used to be from a single vineyard, As Penelas, where the soils are rich in slate, but in 2017 some 30% of the grapes come from a new planting on granite soils. Slate is certainly different in that it delivers a riper and more continental Albariño when compared with Rías Baixas, with aromas of yellow fruit and honey. It's very tasty and has a pleasant bittersweet twist on the finish; it has complexity and great length, combining power and elegance. It has to be one of the finest vintages for this bottling ! 94/100.
Antonio Galloni's Vinous.com:91/100 Light, green-hued yellow. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes citrus rind, Anjou pear and musky herbs, along with a floral nuance that gains strength as the wine opens up. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering zesty Meyer lemon, bitter pear skin and fennel flavors that are underscored by a vein of tangy acidity. Shows a weightier melon quality on the clinging finish, which shows very good clarity and mineral bite.