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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  • Abrente Napa Valley Albarino 2014

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    Really excellent Carneros albarino from Bedrock/Abrente. There's some salinity that goes along with the lemon zest, mouth watering acidity, key lime pie, a hint of hazelnut and a bit of apricot. The finish is medium long. I'm guessing folks are drinking this too cold, it significantly improved as it warmed up in the glass. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Paco and Lola Albarino 2011

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    Nice alternative to Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Nice citrus, passion fruit and works well with Thai. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Any favorite wines/wineries in this area? planning a spring trip starting in the columbia gorge and heading towards Yakima. Read More

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  • Sitting at the kitchen table after a long day of travel and sorting through my ... a Chardonnay, an excellent Albarino and a very tasty Tempranillo. I think this was the QPR score of the trip when we walked away with a 2008 Marsanne for just $20.  Next up was a tasting at the Sanger Family of wines which includes the Consilience, Tre Anelli an... Read More

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  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • Ferrum Rias Baixas Spain Albarino 2013

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    not a bad "original" wine. very mild, slightly dry, hint of sweet and pleasant and kind to the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Klinker Brick Albarino 2014

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    Not bad but not great Albarino from Klinker Brick. Flavors of apricot, ripe pear and honeysuckle go along with medium acidity, slightly flabby, viscuous texture (a touch of residual sugar?) and a medium short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Fun day!  Had a 2-hour massage, followed that up with a nice lunch at ... ... at ... had three wines - an Albarino, a Nero d'Avola and a Zinfandel.  I bought the first two at Total Wine a few days ago and I pulled a St. Francis 2011 Zinfandel from our wine cellar.  Sandra's last day at work is tomorrow.  She put in 32 years! &nbs Read More

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  • Licia Albarino Rias Baixas 2013

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    A whiff of rose petal on the nose with mostly lemon notes. A bit soft in the mouth, this still shows some good acidity and freshness, lots of lemon on the palate, some soft cheese hints make for a creamy finish.88 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Paco & Lola Albarino 2007

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    Just love it! Movida are on to a winner to accompany tapas Read More

    Wine review by Josnowball


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