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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  • Condes de Albarei Albariño Rias Baixas 2015

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    Aromas of mineral peach, green apple and orange blossom with hints of buttery melon. Juicy and firm in the mouth with good body, more melon and fresh grapefruit notes, even a touch of pineapple coming through on the mid palate with a pleasant sandy salinity filtering through towards the finish just before releasing a touch of tangerine and cream. Read More

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  • Valminor Rias Baixas Albarino 2015

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    Fresh salty ocean air, seaweed and spicy lemon balm notes on the nose leading to a slight buttery character with grapefruit flavors. Continuing the theme on the palate, this wine tastes like a refreshing day at sea with salty lemon zest and lively, bouncy acidity in front of a tart citrus and ripe green apple finish. Excellent body, texture and ... Read More

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  • Pazo de Senorans Albarino Rias Baixas 2014

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    Light refreshing mineral notes of lemongrass and lemon zest with a hint of mint and white pepper. Generous flavors of ripe peach, melon, persimmon and lemon on the palate with a perky acidity and a hint of effervescence through the midpalate. Finishes light but long with a nice creaminess and more mineral salinity. Read More

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  • Altos de Torona Albariño Sobre Lias 2015

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    Focused salinity, stony minerality and ocean air on the nose are classic and expressive. Opens nicely on the palate with bright grapefruit, lime and melon fruit, tart acidity and more minerality coming through. This is canonically Albariño, freshly fruited and nicely balanced. Read More

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  • Vionta Albarino Rias Baixas 2014

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    Creamy lemon meringue notes with toasted hazelnuts and sustained fresh lemon underlying the complexity. Pleasantly crisp and fresh in the mouth on entry but with an earthy toast and creaminess supporting the fruit and rounding out the textured mouthfeel, finishing clean and light once more with melon and lemon fading into a toasty memory. Read More

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  • Martin Codax Albarino Rias Baixas 2015

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    Sweetly floral on the nose with excellent minerality, sea breezes, sunflower seeds and lime zest. Gentle citrus notes on the palate with a stony backbone, green apple and lemon fruit filling the center and a tart acidity towards the finish that plays nicely against a creamy nuttiness. Read More

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  • Brecon Estate Albarino Central Coast California 2015

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    Clean minerality, melon and lemon aromas with notes of peach and sea spray. In the mouth this is bright, floral and fruity, with bracing acidity and refreshing spice framing fruit notes of peach, melon, lemon and a warm finish. Read More

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  • RBA - Sounds and looks excellent.  Great tree also.  Albarino is a good choice, forgotten about mostly except for a few of us here.  Merry Christmas. Read More

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  • MJ - Congratulations on your 27th wedding anniversary.  We just celebrated ... Niente) for Sandra and an Albarino (Don Olegario from Rias Baixas) for my shrimp.  We were too full for dessert, but I did manage to choke down a nice bourbon, the Four Roses Single Barrel.&nbs Read More

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  • Vina Zaco Albarino Rías Baixas 2015

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    Frosted lemon, mineral salinity and hints of white peach on the nose with a whiff of sea breeze. Tart, rich and refreshing on the palate, this brings zesty grapefruit, lemon and melon fruit flavors alongside a bite of acidity, finishing with citrus zest and creamy melon. Read More

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