Paco and Lola Ophalum Albariño 2019 Wine Review

This is a good example of an albariño from the coastal Rias Baixas region in north western Spain from Paco and Lola. The wine is saline, minerally, full bodied, unoaked, has medium to high acidity and lemon pith phenolics. It is made in a refreshing style that is ready to drink now. You might considerContinue reading “Paco and Lola Ophalum Albariño 2019 Wine Review”

Valminor Albariño Rias Baixas 2017

From Rias Baixas in Spain, this proves quite a typical expression of white variety albariño. If you are less familiar with albariño (little is grown in Australia – please chime in if you’ve found a good one), the style of these wines is typically towards full bodied, with high acidity and a saline overlay. AnContinue reading “Valminor Albariño Rias Baixas 2017”

Pazo Barrantes Rias Baixas Albariño 2016

This is an enjoyable albariño from Pazo Barrantes in Rias Baixas. Neither the name of this appellation (Rias Baixas) nor even the grape variety are particularly accessible to the English speaker, but the wine style is fresh, saline and worth seeking out. Yellow gold in the glass, the 2016 vintage has aromas of minerals, stonesContinue reading “Pazo Barrantes Rias Baixas Albariño 2016”

Pazo Barrantes Albarino 2011

Albarino has its place – particularly with a seafood paella – but I’ve tried some awfully expensive ones over the years that I don’t think offer up great comparative value.  Here however is an albarino from Pazo Barrantes that’s perfectly good drinking and only a bit over $20.  It has typical albarino musky aromatics, withContinue reading “Pazo Barrantes Albarino 2011”