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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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  • Licia Albarino 2007

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    Peaches and limes on the nose, with a real wet pebble minerality. Lavender joins the peaches in the mouth, its quite nice and oily, viscous for this sort of wine. Solid acidity, giving it that crisp citrus taste. Nice finish on some pleasant oak driven spice. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Salneval Albarino 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by MillsandJills


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by sillyrabbit


  • http://www.decanter.com/news/277340.htmlI found this a strange, but fascinating article. "Rioja sales fell by up to 15% in 2008, with Rias Baixas and Castilla-La Mancha reporting marked increases in sales.According to statistics released by DOC Rioja's regulatory board, sales of Gran Reserva in 2008 fell by 14.7%, with Reserva falling 10.4%, and... Read More

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  • Salneval Albarino 2007

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    Straw colored in the glass. Fairly straightforward with crisp citrus/tropical fruit and mineral notes. Light bodied with a soft, rounded texture. Short but clean finish. Easy drinking. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • Pazo de Señorans Albariño 2007

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    Fresh and Sapid, slightly sparkling on the mouth, Still good equilibrium (85 points)...Good Wine for Mussels Read More

    Wine review by Egnazia


  • Paco & Lola Albarino 2007

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    Great wine with appetizers with friends before heading out to a nice dinner Read More

    Wine review by jdwineent


  • Bodegas Nora Albariño Rías Baixas 2005

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    Crisp, dry, bracing, refreshing.... I can't wait to have this with a Tortilla Espaniola. Read More

    Wine review by sfquixote


  • Tangent Albariño Edna Valley 2007

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    high acidity! has a bite to it. Read More

    Wine review by jmf


  • Hendry Albariño Napa Valley Hendry Ranch 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by ryanleesharp


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