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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  • 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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  • This evening we enjoyed an interesting white Portugese wine that was a blend of ... a slightly softer, rounder albarino. Enjoyed this with a meal of poblano peppers stuffed with chicken and mozz, cooked with tomatoes, zucc, garlic and jalepenos. Great QPR for ~$18.&nbs 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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  • I like all kinds of oysters.  But you can also have them with Gruner ... ... ... a nimble Viognier, Albarino, and (yes, it's from the Loire) lots of Muscadet.  Somebody here probably had them with a great dry Riesling from Oregon or Alsace and will chime in.&nbs Read More

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  • Yeah! It is oyster season in my town. Pick a peck in about 30 min. Best oysters in the world. No bias, no kidding. Wine = anything that is white, dry, French, and Loire or Champagne with an exceptional Chardonnay or Chablis admitted, meeting of course the French criteria. Notice the "spikes".  You will never see those on a restaurant oyster. The... Read More

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  • Do Ferreiro Albariño 2013

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