Salneval Albarino 2010
The character of the wine is expressed entirely in this wine, where fruit is the predominant note. Grapes have been respectfully cared for in all steps of winemaking. After careful grape selection at harvest in the vineyard, the grapes are transported to the winery in small plastic crates. After a delicate extraction and settling of the grape juice, a long fermentation is made at a low temperature.
One of two bottles of Albarino consumed at a dinner party with Jim and Becky. My new fav white.
I am usually am pretty picky about whites and rather have a red. This is my first Albariño and it might just be my new white champion! It smells of apricot and pear with a floral touch. Crisp and full bodied, it reminds me of marshmallow, fruit candy that is not too sugary. Has hints of pineapple and a touch of vanilla. It is smooth and has a drying end with a lingering taste. Great wine with a little buttery which surprises me! I made Szechuan steamed chicken with salted mustard stem, ginger, tomatoes. Steamed for an hour until all the juices filled up the bowl and had it over rice. Hmmmm. I got overly excited and finished my plate before taking any photos of it. Oh well, here are some of the choppings. Although I cannot say I enjoyed the pairing very much. I had a sip of the wine with the chicken and never touched it again. It was not bad but it was not good either. I ended up saving the rest for later. Nonetheless, this was a still Double Yum! More at http://dionyshius.blogspot.com/2012/03/albarino-and-szechuan-chicken.html
Light and fruity. A fun wine to drink. Light with an easy finish.
A little sparkly. Flowery taste that is pretty weak. Might be better if it was very chilled.
External Reviews for Salneval Albarino
This crisp white offers pear, green almond and herbal flavors that are focused, even a bit austere. A good wine for oysters. Drink now.
Salneval is the so-called baby Albariño from Condes de Albarei, and it's lively and complete. Aromas of honeydew and peach nectar are appropriate and welcoming, while the apple, orange and pineapple flavors are fresh and agile. A wine for salads and seafood.
Yellow-gold. Ripe pear and white peach aromas are sharpened by citrus zest and minerals. Vivid orchard and citrus fruit flavors are fresh and juicy, but the wine displays an essentially gentle texture. Finishes impressively long and precise, repeating the citrus note and picking up a dusty minerality. Delicious stuff.
The "value" label from Condes de Albarei is always a good bet. Oceanic aromas and a spritz of lime make the nose just right, and the lively palate of lemon, melon and banana is charged up. Tight on the finish, with citrus and almond skins, and then a lasting impression of pineapple. Young and raring to go.
Light gold. Spicy pear and floral honey on the nose. Open-knit orchard fruit flavors are a tad hard-edged, picking up a dry citrus pith note with air. Finishes with good juicy persistence and a hint of white pepper. Just a touch pinched for me.
Wet and zesty white wine from Northwest Spain? Sounds good to us. Salneval is from Condes de Albarei, and it offers perfectly proper peach, melon and pastry aromas. The palate is lithe and fresh, with orange and apple. Yes, it's straightforward and common. But it is also clean, balanced and will drink well with all sorts of finger foods, salads and seafood.
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Albariño’s many facets seem to arise both from the subregion in Rías Baixas where the grapes are grown and from the winemakers’ decisions, especially to utilize (or not) lees in contact with the wine. Albarei offers a clean, citrusy, mineral-laden version of the grape, reflective of the cool and wet Val do Salnés subregion. It's ideal for all kinds of shellfish, among other foods.