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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  • Agro de Bazan Albariño Rías Baixas Granbazán Ambar 2005

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    color - yellow gold; nose-apples & mineral; mouth-citrus & cream; finish - mediumbuy it, drink it, share it Read More

    Wine review by George Parkinson


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007

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    color-yellow gold; nose-vanilla, sweet cream & lemons; mouth-more dairy & stone fruit & mineral; finish -- mediumdrink it Read More

    Wine review by George Parkinson


  • Vionta Albariño Rías Baixas 2006

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    color-pale yellow; nose - citrus & spice; mouth - peach & tangerine; finish - medium short;drink it Read More

    Wine review by George Parkinson


  • Igrexario Saiar Albarino Rias Baixas 2005

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    Wine review by Amizhojoga


  • Viña Nora Albariño Rías Baixas Nora da Neve 2004

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    I really like this for the price. Albarino's have gotten way too expensive, but this have all the bells & whistles I expect and delivers the fun for the dollar. buy it & drink it. Read More

    Wine review by George Parkinson


  • I'm in spain for the next few months and i'm trying to get a good collection of wines to bring back home. I know very little about the subject but am trying to learn. As far as i can tell, the spanish wines don't categorize by grapes, but by where the winery is located. That being the case, what would be the spanish equivalent of a Pino Grigi... Read More

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  • I'm Chad Carns, author of The Gourmet Bachelor - Global Flavor, Local ... ... Full-bodied, Crisp, Special7Albarino, Iberian Remix, Edna Valley 2008Tarragon7Chablis, Francois Raveneau, "Montee de Tonnerre," France 2004Lime, Chalk, Crisp6Gruner Veltliner, Huber, "Berg," Traisental, Austria 2004Lychee7Chardonnay, ISC, Arroyo Grande 2007Cucumber, ... Read More

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  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by amelialong


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas 2008

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    nose of light sea water made me think of how awesome it would pair with ... ... or with fish. prototypical albarino. this may even age for a year due to the acid, but i recco drinking it ASA Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Campus Stella Albariño Rías Baixas 2007

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    At first, strong scent of lemon and grapefruit followed by honeysuckle, nutmeg and cut grass. A full bodies white with lime and pear on the palate. As you dig deeper you find honey and almonds. The most amazing part about this wine is that the bottle was drank over the course of three days and with each day it became deeper and richer as the ... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


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