The Granbazán winery is located in Tremoedo, near Pontevedra. This estate, of Albariño vines trained over high arbours, on granite soils, is the prime source of fruit. Nevertheless, Agro de Bazan also has contracts with 300 local smallholdings. The stalwarts of the range of wines that result are the two straight cuvées of Rias Baixas, curiously distinguished only by the color of the bottle. The amber bottle is contains the wine from free-run juice, from the oldest vines, whereas the green bottle includes some press wine.
The green cuvée is a deep, rich and almost dark golden straw in color. On the nose, poached pear and spices, canned fruit salad, fresh cut grass and citrus. On the palate, a pronounced flavor profile with a bit of a bite — apple, citrus and a touch of quinine, white pepper and bayleaf. Quite weighty, acidic with very steely minerality.
I thought the Granbazán Ambar was a bit more neutral and refined, this was just a bit much for me to drink alone, but would be quite good with a rich Indian dish — whereas the Ambar might pair better for Asian fare (including sushi) and would certainly be the better choice to stand alone as well. I think I bought this on sale for about $15, about $7 a bottle less than the Ambar. This was good, but did not impress me nearly as much as the Ambar.