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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  • Lagar de Besada Baladiña Albariño 2013

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    Intriguing grapefruit and melon aromas on the nose with some hints of grassy lime. This shows quite refreshing and full bodied on the palate with tart grapefruit and green apple notes, more lime and a clean finish. Read More

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  • La Val Albarino 2014

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    Simple and refreshing notes of herbed lemon and green apple on the nose. This is a touch creamy with aged cheese on the palate but there's a lot of freshness here with more green apple and lemon/lime and some minerality on the finish.La Val 2014 is a selection of the best grapes in the estate's three vineyards, in the Condado de Tea sub-region. ... Read More

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  • Fillaboa Albariño 2014

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    Delicate salinity and notes of melon and green apple on the nose and some soft floral hints. Powerful immediately on entry with driving acidity and good crisp minerality but there's a lot of floral character here with white blossom and sunflower notes amidst peach and lemon, finishing creamy and warm. Read More

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  • Pazo de Senorans Albarino 2013

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    Binny's 3/2016. A little pricey w/o getting the extra taste treat one would ... extra 50% in cost of most Albarinos. It was, however, a good companion to a lovely grilled steel head trout in a tasty Nicoise salad. June 2017 alfresco deck dinne Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Creta By Menade 2013

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    Binny's 3/2016. Just becoming acquainted with the Verdejo grape. I think I like ... Spanish whites. Already love Albarino, maybe this grape as wel Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Here are some links to the wineries websites.  And a bit of ... Rhone styles.  Their Albarino is what first caught my attention since there is not a whole lot of this grape grown in Washington.Cor makes mostly single varietal red wines with a couple of whites thrown in for good measure.Maryhill is a pretty well established winery and has an amp... Read More

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  • Hill Family Estate Albarino 2012

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    My first nose was one of intense sweetness, which invades the nostrils followed ... from this wonderful sharp Albarino. After a while this white settles into a smooth slightly herby very drinkable wine. This white wine does a Fred Astaire tap dance on every part of your mouth in the most romantically happy way. Big fan of this wine! I am ... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife


  • 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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