Licia Rias Baixas Albarino 2010 – A Summer Staple


100% Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain.

SRP of $15 and available for as low as $12. Sample received courtesy Winebow for review purposes.

From the bottle:

“Licia is aromatic, charming and intensely refreshing. Hand harvested from hillside vineyard above the river Mino in the green Celtic part of Spain known as Galicia.

12.5% Alcohol”

Licia is a shortening of the word Galicia, the region in NW Spain. This entire region is known for Albarino, which is native to this area, but within Galicia it may be most popular in Rias Baixas where it makes up 90% of the wine production. In fact, Rias Baixas is the only D.O. (Denomination of Origin) in Spain that exclusively produces white wines. And it just so happens that this is exactly where today’s wine originates. This area is also not far from Portugal where Albarino, known as Alvarinho, is quite popular.

It’s easy to understand the popularity of this variety. Albarino commonly has a slight effervescence. Combine this with fresh flavors and good acidity and it makes a for a refreshing summer drink and a great pairing for summer foods. Let’s see if that holds true with today’s wine.

The 2010 Licia Rias Baixas Albarino opens with a nice aroma of green apple, pear, melon and a little lemon. Tasting the wine shows just a touch of effervescence and a nice simple mix of pear, melon, lemon and grapefruit as well as good acidity. On the medium-long finish grapefruit comes through really strong along with some minerality. A really nice wine to have on hand for those warm summer days that are approaching quickly!

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Taste Rating: 7              Cost Rating: 7
Overall Rating: 7.0

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