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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  • Terras Gauda Albariño 2016

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    Rich minerality, sea foam and tart lemon aromas open for this on the nose with a lightly floral white blossom note and a hint of peach. This is zesty and bold on the palate particularly on entry with bright pink grapefruit and lemonade notes, a full acidity and touches of melon with a creamy texture towards the finish that holds on for quite a w... Read More

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  • Paco & Lola Albarino 2016

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    Crisp pear and clover honey on the note. This is fresh, bright and clean. Fresh squeezed pink grapefruit on the palate with a tropical undertones. More fresh squeezed citrus and a dollop of cream on the finish. Read More

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  • Pazo Senorans Val Do Salnes Albariño Rias Baixas 2015

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    Fresh lemon balm aromas are lightly floral and have some creamy almond and beeswax aromas, a hint of salinity and peach. On the palate this is warm and creamy on entry, turning tart and zesty on the mid-palate showing good citrus fruit notes of lemon and grapefruit zest, bright acidity and a stony finish. Read More

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  • Altos de Torona Albariño Rias Baixas 2017

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    Soft stone fruit and floral aromas with sweet fruit notes of peach and green apple are delicate and inviting. Nice fruit on the palate, slightly herbal notes of fresh peach and light melon, tart grapefruit and lime showing the varietal character with a zesty acidity and sea breeze towards the finish that cuts cleanly through the more fleshy frui... Read More

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  • Nai E Senora Albariño Val Do Salnes Rias Baixas 2017

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    Tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango with floral notes and a hint of passion fruit. Easy and approachable palate of warm apple, peach and pineapple fruit, medium plus acidity and pleasant minerality on the mid palate. This has a creamy texture coming through from the acidity and the fruit flavors, finishing with a waxy, herbal note that ... Read More

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  • Señorío de Rubiós Robaliño Albariño 2016

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    Highly floral aromas of blossom and honeysuckle with some sweet fruit notes of peach, pineapple, melon and papaya. A bit of effervescence on the palate with tart citrus and bright acidity, this has a lot of floral flavors coming through on the palate as well, with lime zest, tangerine and grapefruit notes and a finish of stone and earthy riverbed. Read More

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  • Fillaboa Rias Baixas Albarino 2015

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    Floral honeysuckle and hazelnut notes on the palate with some melon notes and hints of toasted rye bread. A smooth and rich palate on entry develops into a blend of zesty, refreshingly tart citrus and green apple notes alongside tangerine and crisp pineapple. Finishes with an herbal slate note and a grassy wet slate salinity. Read More

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  • Valminor Albariño Rias Baixas 2017

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    Clean and inviting aromas of fresh peach, lemon and grapefruit with wet slate and salty sea air. The very refreshing palate is awash with fresh acidity on entry and shows good complexity, spice, tingling citrus and crushed perfumed flower petals, lemon, mineral apple and pear, and a tart and restrained finish with a stony, herbal note. Read More

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  • D. Pedro D Soutomaior Albariño Rias Baixas 2016

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    Nicely floral aromas are a bit vanishing with some woody, mineral lemon notes and faint peach notes. Soft and plush palate of zesty lemon, fresh ocean air but with a buttery texture on the palate that cuts through to the finish where lime and apricot notes play against more salinity and a crisp finish. Read More

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  • Bodegas As Laxas Rias Baixas Albarino 2017

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    Creamy almond and warm fleshy melon aromas with soft floral peach blossom notes and a bit of perfume. Tart citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit on the palate with medium plus acidity and a note of herbal citrus zest. Clean, light and approachable with good length on the finish. Read More

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  • I love the albaino grape-based wines. In particular, Marques de Vizhoja. The problem is I could never purchase it in Connecticut, and now it is no longer available in New York.

    Comment by 1007643Jeff1052 1007643 Jeff1052


  • Galicia - Northwest of Spain is the net for the famous Albariño is one of the oldest wines in the world in it configuration. Alba (Latin) means "white" and riño the river "Rhine". The Roman Empire brought this wine to Galicia, as the Spanish Peninsula was part of the Roman Empire till 500 a.c.. That means around 2000 years of wine tradition! It...

    Comment by 455289gerardo009 455289 gerardo009


  • I love albariño!

    Comment by 349540jssm1977 349540 jssm1977


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