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WTN: Rias Baixas adventure

by Jenise » Thu May 24, 2018 1:48 pm

So a friend brings over six bottles of Albarino sent her by Snooth for a virtual tasting (she's a wine blogger). They'd been open about four days.

2017 Adegas Valmiñor Albariño Rías Baixas O Rosal
There is a nearly off-dry sweetness to this one. A pervasive but not unattractive canned pear note on the nose and palate remind more of grenache blanc than albarino, but there's a velvet texture here I love along with a bit of grass and pineapple. It's complex and delicious, if unexpected.

2017 Terras Gauda Rías Baixas O Rosal Albariño
Strong flavors, very concentrated, but it's got some secondary action going on because it's spritzy. I know this wine from prior vintages and it should have shown better.

2016 Adega Condes de Albarei Albariño Rías Baixas
Good and fruity in a non-serious, crowd-pleaser, deck-wine kind of way.

2017 Soc. Coop. Vitivinícola Arousana Albariño Rías Baixas Paco & Lola
Pale color, very crisp and refreshing with some lime peel and grassy notes. Blind, my first guess would have been Sauv Blanc. Liked it a lot.

2016 Fillaboa Albariño Rías Baixas
My favorite of the six. Classy, with better concentration, body and character than most. Quince, apple and lemon fruit.

2016 Adegas Galegas S.L. Albariño Rías Baixas Don Pedro de Soutomaior
Initially attractive yellow fruit shows off a lot of dust and exciting saline minerality, but with time a diesel note moves in like lava and just mows down every other flavor. (Can you tell I just watched a 30 minute U.S. Dept of Geology film on the 1960 eruption at Kilauea?) I suspect it didn't like being open this long.
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Re: WTN: Rias Baixas adventure

by David M. Bueker » Thu May 24, 2018 3:20 pm

I didn't know that there were six different Albariños being imported!
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Re: WTN: Rias Baixas adventure

by Dale Williams » Thu May 24, 2018 3:33 pm

Thanks. I know David's being funny, but only the Fillaboa sounds familiar to me,
Around here more likely to see de Fifanes, do Ferreiro, Adegas Gran Vinum, Lagar de Broullon Nanclares, de Senorans.
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Re: WTN: Rias Baixas adventure

by David M. Bueker » Thu May 24, 2018 4:21 pm

Hell I was serious!
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Re: WTN: Rias Baixas adventure

by Dale Williams » Thu May 24, 2018 4:48 pm

Maybe Albarino has enough similarity to SB you avert your eyes?
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Re: WTN: Rias Baixas adventure

by David M. Bueker » Thu May 24, 2018 5:01 pm

The fourth one on Jenise's list did scare me.
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Re: WTN: Rias Baixas adventure

by Jenise » Thu May 24, 2018 7:24 pm

They actually sent her 11!

And Dale, I love the Fifanes. It was probably the first serious (by which I mean, beyond deck wine) I ever tasted. The Terras Gauda is usually in that realm, too.
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Re: WTN: Rias Baixas adventure

by ChaimShraga » Sun May 27, 2018 7:43 am

I had one recently of 150 year old vines, Zarate, Rías Baixas, Albariño, El Palomar, 2016.
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Re: WTN: Rias Baixas adventure

by Jenise » Sun May 27, 2018 12:05 pm

ChaimShraga wrote:I had one recently of 150 year old vines, Zarate, Rías Baixas, Albariño, El Palomar, 2016.


And....?
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Re: WTN: Rias Baixas adventure

by ChaimShraga » Mon May 28, 2018 5:10 am

Well, it didn't scream "I'm made of 150 year old vines". Lots of minerals and complex, certainly more complex than other Albarinos I've tried and more intense, too. It just didn't come off as a wine that would be the highlight of a tasting, unless the tasting was dedicated to Albarinos.
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Re: WTN: Rias Baixas adventure

by Bill Spohn » Mon May 28, 2018 12:50 pm

Jenise - might want to look up the Davila Albarino available here - very decent.

And believe it or not, there is also a BC grown version from Stag's Hollow - haven't tried it yet but intend to.

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