When it comes to Albarino, let’s assume that if Spain is the capital of wine for you, Rias Baixas is the capital of Albarino. It is from that sense of place, unlike any other on the planet, that defines Albarino: a white wine that is crisp, is born for summer’s enjoyment, is food friendly, and may be compared to Sauvignon Blanc, but is different – of course – because it is a different grape and makes a different wine. Albarino is so well received, that while not an officially recognized “international;” grape, it is made worldwide. The best, however, always has and remains being that made from Rias Biaxis on Spain’s NW coast.
The texture is creamy. Citrus is initially soft but builds intensity throughout while never becoming awkward. This is a refined and graceful approach with everything in balance. On the palate, expect to enjoy a mélange of apricot, lychee, and pineapple. A dry wine, yet creamy and rich, it finishes cleanly. Tasting it again over a span of two hours, I enjoyed added notes of orange as the wine warmed in the glass. Notes of dried green tea. And most surprising: banana! The finish is medium to medium plus.