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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    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


  • Salneval Albarino 2007

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    Wine review by ecord


  • Lagar de Fornelos Albariño Rías Baixas Lagar de Cervera 2004

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    Typical well constructed albarino- goes well with all kinds of food particularly tapas! Read More

    Wine review by rr1042


  • Raimat Albariño Costers del Segre Viña 24 2007

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    Wine review by jmf


  • Pazo de Señorans Albariño 2007

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    First impression, big apricot aromas, followed by notes of straw, white peach, juicy green melon and a hint of ripe banana. Wait, add a touch of butter cream in there too. Wow, great acidity, but not overwhelming, rather like tasting a gentle wave of minerals lap over your tongue leaving a gentle green apple and a creamy white peach finish. I'm ... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Pazo de Señorans Albariño 2007

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    Pale gold color to this wine with a nose that seems to call for your attention while giving a riff on what it means to be a peach. Nectarine? Oh wait, melons from the south of France, orange and intense, ripe and rich. Or was it a mango in disguise, I love the indecision as I return to it for the next surprise. In the mouth I love the light spri... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Adegas Galegas Rias Baixas Veigadares 2006

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    This is a great white wine. The combination of albarino,treixadura and lourerio grapes, mostly albarino, makes the wine both tart and sweet. I love Albarino's but it can be at times tart. The addition of the two other grapes makes thisp erfect. Its crispy and goes well with fish and chicken. Read More

    Wine review by wine queen


  • Artesa Albarino Carneros Estate 2006

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    Wine review by Annliese


  • Pazo de Señorans Albariño 2006

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    Have not met an Albarino that I didnt like. This one is special as I had this first in a restaurant with my best friend and ever since I have been emotional tied. This one is my favorite of all of the Albarinos that I have tasted exhibiting a Viognier like nose of dried apricots and peaches with a medium weight, and pure, clean flavors. Great w... Read More

    Wine review by treg906


  • Granbazán Albariño Ambar 2005

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    Delicious and full of fruit flavor, I believe I had the '06 vintage. Ordered it at a terrific spanish seafood restaurant on Staten Island. However my distaste for seafood had prevented me from the obviously delicious pairing, it went quite well with my pork chops. Read More

    Wine review by Rob Gordon


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