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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. An adaptable wine that doesn’t need food, but likes fish. This wine has aromas of orange blossom, florals and salt. The palate is full bodied with piercing acidity that runs through it. Ready to drink now, this is a good example of albariño. Rating: Good. Website: NA. Reviewed: June 2020.

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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, stones sea salt and some florals. It sits between medium and full bodied on the palate, with high acid, mid range length on the finish and no discernible oak. Refreshing drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: <$20.

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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, with lemon citrus and a slightly confectionary fruitiness to it.  The palate is broad, with ripe peaches, straw and cereal notes, good length and a certain chardonnay like fatness to it.  A well made and very good example of albarino at a good price.  Good

Abv: 13%
Price: $23
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Website: http://www.marquesdemurrieta.com (nb: the flash on this website played a bit awkwardly on a Mac)
Tasted: 2012