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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  • Val Do Sosego Albariño Rías Baixas 2006

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    Tasty and clean and I'm in love with this lemony sour kids finish that really lingers. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2005

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    I love good tempranillo and having tasted my fair share, was not impressed with this one. While it did have a distinct tempranillo flavor, it was kind of boring. It was sharp, but there wasn't much else going on. Read More

    Wine review by Cookie Madness


  • Being in Australia, I can see that 'traditional' varieties are starting to take a step aside and "new ones" are enjoying some popularity... Ex. Carmenere from Chile, Sangiovese from Italy, Tempranillo from Spain, etc... what is (you guys in the US) in your experience the dynamics that the market is experiencing at the moment? and the trends that... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Dynamics


  • Nora Albarino 2006

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    Bit more vanilla here than I'd like in my Albarinos ... not as much of the crispness. But some really nice pear I was picking up in the mid palate to finish. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf


  • Quinta Do Feital White Blend Vinho Verde Alvarinho/Trajadura Auratus 2010

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    I think of this wine a one that fits into my "red wine drinkers white" category. It's color is very close to that of a chardonnay but it's character is nothing like that. I prefer Sauvignon Blanc for my whites, but the Spanish and Portuguese whites are bold and stand up well to foods.We're drinking the 2005. Read More

    Wine review by garrison


  • Martin Codax Albarino R As Baixas Do 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by savamarie


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by savamarie


  • Bonny Doon Vineyard Albariño Monterey County Ca' del Solo 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Majikk


  • Gomariz Viño de Encostas de Xistos 2007

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    Wine rated with 5 (in 5) Your note: In the beginning, I have to admit that I couldn't smell anything. The wine was so reserved that I was searching to pick out a single note, but as the temperature rose, subtle peach, honey, white floral and cream notes surfaced. In the mouth, the wine shows a creamy texture along the entire palate, but comes al... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Paco & Lola Albarino 2007

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    Killer albarino with citrus and a bone dry wash. Great with antipasto and/or fish. Read More

    Wine review by Derek67


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