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Albariño

Common synonyms: Alvariñho, Albarin Blanco, Cainho Branco, Albariña, Azal Blanco, Galego, Galeguinho

Parentage of the grape: Two theories: 1. Riesling 2. Petit Manseng, possibly just indigenous to Galicia
 
History of the grape: Legend has it that Cluny monks from Burgundy brought the parentage of the grape, either Riesling or Petit Manseng, to Galicia sometime in the 12th or 13th century and created the Albariño clone. Obviously, if the grape is proven to be indigenous to Spain, that blows that theory out of the water. Regardless, it became the mainstay grape of Rias Baixas in Galicia, and is also a popular white under its local names in Portugal. The grape is late to the party in the New World, and didn’t make the migration till the last part of the 20th century. 
 
There has been some controversy as to the authenticity of the grape in Australia. In 2009, DNA evidence proved that in most fields, what was thought to be Albariño is in fact a Read more »

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  • Abacela Albarino 2014

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    Mineral, flinty notes of citrus and peach on the nose with a hint of green apple as well. Good fresh acidity and a zesty character in the mouth, with notes of green apple, tangerine, lemon and peach, finishing long with an extra mineral finish. Excellent wine to bring to the raw bar. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Pazo San Mauro Albariño 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mcrawford2


  • An update on that Maryland wine.  I drank the whole bottle rather than ... drink) was a 2013 La Cana Albarino, which is 80% fermented in Stainless Steel, and 20% in oak.  We enjoyed the wine and I think it was a good pairing with the seafood we ordered.  The bottle was about $46, not too bad for a restaurant.  Our server remembered Sandra and ... Read More

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  • Pazo San Mauro Albariño Rías Baixas 2009

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Lefty, the CFO and I have always said that we aren't prejudiced, we like ... ... enjoyed a Rias Biaxas Albarino, a Melon de Bourgogne (Muscadet) from Dundee Hills as well as several Cali unoaked chards. I'm always looking for something new and different, white, red or pink so please keep the community informed of any epiphanie Read More

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  • I had a similar experience, but found that there was an acidity and brightness ... finds are the Corazon Verde Albarino and a Washington wine that you might be familiar with, the Kung Fu Girl from Charles Smith in Columbia Valley.  I also dig on some funky Vinho Verdes laden with acetone and pineapple. &nbs Read More

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  • Being a member with Snooth for 4 to 5 years, I appreciate and care for this Website and all the members for both past and present information with all that has to do with wine and beyond. When I was a new member, I jumped on my Chariot and applauded only the heavy grape varieties, the Cabs, Shiraz, Old vine Zins, etc.I was one that couldn't see ... Read More

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  • Condes de Albarei Albarino Rias Baixas 2012

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    Binny's 4/2015. Delightful mouthful after mouthful, I mean sip after sip. Another great early 2015 deck party, this bottle helped make Mother's Day special. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • EM, had a really nice Riax Baixas albarino last night in class which was really nice but was outshone by the Muga rose.Tonight we did a simple spaghetti and meatballs with a nice salad and found this interesting Sicilian frappato in the back of the cellar. Light red in color with fresh raspberry and red cherry on the nose. A somewhat light body ... Read More

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  • Raimat Albarino Castell de Raimat 2013

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    Clear light yellow color. Moderate, somewhat floral nose with some stoniness. On the tongue fruit flavors of green apple and some tropicalkiwi, pineapple. Substantial tart freshness. Some mineral or stony flavor at the very back of the palate. Quite light bodied. Very angular wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I love the albaino grape-based wines. In particular, Marques de Vizhoja. The problem is I could never purchase it in Connecticut, and now it is no longer available in New York.

    Comment by 1007643Jeff1052 1007643 Jeff1052


  • Galicia - Northwest of Spain is the net for the famous Albariño is one of the oldest wines in the world in it configuration. Alba (Latin) means "white" and riño the river "Rhine". The Roman Empire brought this wine to Galicia, as the Spanish Peninsula was part of the Roman Empire till 500 a.c.. That means around 2000 years of wine tradition! It...

    Comment by 455289gerardo009 455289 gerardo009


  • I love albariño!

    Comment by 349540jssm1977 349540 jssm1977


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