100% Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain.
SRP of $10 and available for as low as $9. Sample received courtesy Albarino Explorers Club for review purposes.
From the winemaker:
“Light straw in color, the nose of this Albariño is seductive with honey, pear and tropical fruit and a slight mineral component. It is racy and zesty with citrus and floral flavors in the mouth, yet is round and soft at the same time. It matches perfectly with fresh seafood and shellfish; is an ideal accompaniment to salty, spicy Asian cuisine; and is also great on its own as a cocktail wine. Truly adventurous food lovers will amaze and inspire their friends by serving it with the unlikely, but fantastic pairing of traditional barbequed ribs with a sweet, slightly spicy tomato based sauce.
Today’s wine is one of two I drank a couple weeks back on the inaugural #AlbarinoDay. (Not to be confused with an Albarino A Day, which would certainly be a tempting challenge.) Albarino is a white grape grown predominately in Spain and in Portugal, where it is known as Alvarinho. It produces really delicious, easy drinking wines that I think pair fantastically with summer.
The 2010 Adega Condes de Albarei Salneval Albarino begins with aromas of honey, pear, some zesty citrus notes and just a touch of almond. Tasting this creamy and smooth wine shows flavors of zesty citrus and tropical fruit along with some honey notes and good acidity. The pleasant finish includes some lingering sweet and tangy notes. Really just an easy to drink wine that is great for summer. I would also love to try it with BBQ ribs as suggested by the winery as I think that could be quite fantastic.