For a nice change to mass produced Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio, you should give Albarino a try. I have always been a huge fan of the Albarino grape along with Pinot Blanc and Viognier as interesting alternative white wines. This lovely Albarino (pictured above) from Rias Biaxas in Northwest Spain is a real joy to taste. Apple, honey and pear are ever present as the full luscious texture flows out of the bottle into your glass. Gold sunshine in color and yummy. Highly recommended, and available for about 14£ a bottle at Uncorked in the UK and in the US for about $20 a bottle. They also make a reserve wine called Albarnio Seleccion de Anada, but retails for much more. This is serious value, and I have to agree with Jay Miller from Wine Advocate on this one:
|Wine Advocate # 188
|Jay Miller||93||Drink: 2010 – 2014||$19-$26 (24)|
|Pazo Senorans’ 2009 Albarino beautifully displays the high quality of the 2009 vintage in Rias Baixas. Light gold in color, it offers up a splendid bouquet of mineral, honeysuckle, lemon, and tropical aromas. Round, creamy, and remarkably concentrated, this outstanding effort will provide much pleasure over the next 4 years.Note: formerly known as Pazo de Senorans, the “de” has disappeared from the label starting in 2009.|
My Rating: 90 pts, ..recommended pairing: serve with Grilled Jerk Salmon and Fried Plantains.
Link to website: http://www.pazodesenorans.com/eng/vino1.htm