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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  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007

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    Interesting wine but not fully to my taste. Notes at the wine bar said Popsicle on it and I definitely got that. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • Bokisch Vineyards Albariño Lodi 2006

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    Do yourself a favor and try this wine. The Bokisches are wonderful people that make great wines. Not to mention the labels are cool. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin


  • Hello everyone... I'm new to Snooth, and actually new to wine as well. My 21st birthday is coming up in December and I want to have a very quiet get-together at my house and sip on some really good wine with a few friends. The only problem is, I don't really know what type of wine to try. If it helps, I love chocolate, caramel, and fruits of any... Read More

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  • Vionta Albariño Rías Baixas 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Hawk


  • Spanish Quarter Chardonnay Albarino 2007

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    Big fat wine with a light sweetness and loads of pineapple. This is a wine for the people and of the people. Simple easy to drink and full of fruit. At the price point and with the fat fruit this is a wine that anyone can enjoy at parties and just hanging out. Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Tangent Albariño Edna Valley 2005

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    Hard-edged, but good. Tasted well against other albarinos. Read More

    Wine review by brinksman


  • Havens Wine Cellars Albariño Carneros 2006

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    Bone dry, citrusy and very different from a Spanish albarino. A very nice wine for fish or antipasto, as it is not as floral as a spanish one. Read More

    Wine review by Derek67


  • Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Treixadura Arinto Loureira Azal Branco Vinho Verde 2007

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    Portugal / 2007$5 - $8 / 88 pointsI love the Spring and Early Summer. Days are ... from loureiro, trajadura and albarino grapes which are indigenous in Portugal. If the map looks like a persons face in profile, the wine is produced by the eyes and forehead.(See Map) The blend varies from producer to producer, but always includes these varietal... Read More

    Wine review by WineGent


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007

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    Light golden in color with a lovely green sheen. Very typical aromas you would find from an Albariño including subtle notes of vanilla peach, shale and gorgeous white floral nose. After a weekend of ports, this is a fabulous transition! Nice round mouthfeel, despite it's hollow midpalate, and nice lingering mineral, pear and light creme finish. ... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007

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    Pale gold color with a perfect albarino nose. LIght smokey cream sits at the base of great flesh fruit flavors and floral minerals. Wow that is a hard one to grab, but really this is a nice nose that will keep you going to back to figure it out. In the mouth this wine is fat, and round with lots of nice body, though a light finish. Lime notes mi... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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