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 2005

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    Excellent value albarino, made in a more modern fruit-forward style. Grapefruit, apple, and peach aromas and flavors with lots of flowery notes. Not much mineral--mostly sweet juicy fruit. Read More

    Wine review by drdebs


  • Pazo Casanova Ribeiro 2005

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    85% Trexidura, 15% Albarino, Godello, and Loureira Light gold in color with a nose that is faint showing light citrus, and cream. In the mouth the wine is soft and creamy with steely flavors of pineapple, minerals, and harrelson apples. Very nice and overall a well balanced light acidity. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño Rías Baixas 2004

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    Aged five months in French and American Oak. Crisp and clear golden in color. Creamy rich nose with fresh fruit, peach and lime. High acidty but a bit hollow. Nice flavors of lime, and some honey dew melon. really impressed by the use of oak. It gives the wine a creaminess without the loss of fruit for wood flavors. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Fefinane's Albarino 99 Spain Size 2005

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    Light gold/green in color. Bright fruit, with light peach and lime notes. Just bottled and thus has a slight sparkle in the mouth and it needs a bit of time to calm down. Flavors of melon, lime, make this wine a fresh fun wine to drink. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Adegas Galegas S.l. Albariño Rías Baixas Don Pedro de Soutomaior Macerado En Neve Carbonica 2005

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    Very clear with a nose of citrus and flowers. Bone dry in the mouth with a high acidity. The palate reminds me of Harrelson apples I used to pick as a child in Minnesota, followed by citrus, and fresh peach flesh. Crisp and refreshing, really a fun wine. 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Viña Cartín Rías Baixas Terras de Lantaño 2004

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    Nice fruit driven nose with hints of lime and flowers. Medium acidity and a bit austere. Flavors of lime, lemon, and floral notes throughout. Perfect for light summer fare. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Lagar de Costa Rías Baixas 2003

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    Light yellow gold. THe nose of is of grapefruit, light cat piss and a lemony mineral dustiness. Medium weight in the mouth with medium to strong acid that really gets you in the side of the mouth. Flavors of lemon, light green apple and some mineral notes. Make sure to have this with some shrimp next time. alt=3.5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Adega Escudeiro Rías Baixas Viña Roel 2004

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    Light gold in color. Pretty floral nose with lots of flesh fruit. Crisp in the mouth with a good balance of acidity. Flavors of candied fruit,and peaches. Nice little wine. c5a10t15o6 [86] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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