Time to Think Albariño….

Tasting generously hosted by @riasbaixaswines.com

Now that summer is nearing, thoughts are turning to whites – so it’s time to report on an Albariño tasting that we attended at the Wine Blogger’s Conference in Walla Walla last fall. All 8 wines were from the Rias Baixas (“rivers low”) region of Spain.

Riax Baixas is located in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain, and is renowned for the wines it produces from the Albariño grape. The region’s close proximity to the ocean brings a cool maritime climate with ample rain balanced by typical dry, sunny weather during the critical ripening/harvesting periods. Soils are fairly uniform and granite based. This terroir leads to wines that typically have a mineral character and bright acidity.

We tasted through 8 wines of varying age and style, as follows:

Bodegas as Laxas Laxas Sensum Brut 2016 $48

Sparkling wine made in the traditional method. Fairly typical sparkling nose of yeast and toast. Fine mousse, really frothy. Low medium acidity, green apple attack with a hint of citrus, and a slightly woody nut flavor on finish. Fresh and minerally. Good plus.

Vina Nora Nora de Neve 2015 $35

Pale to medium gold color. Minerally nose with a toast note. Close to medium acidity, sharp apple flavor. OK.

Santiago Ruiz Santiago Ruiz 2017   $20

A blend of 76% Albariño , 11% Loureiro, 5% Treixadura, 4% Godello, 4% Caino Blanco. Tight nose, a bit of apple and floral character. Medium acidity, crisp apple attack with a minerally bite on finish. Good.

Martin Codax Martin Codax Albariño 2016 $16    

Apple and melon nose. Medium acidity, resiny white fruit attack, citrus notes on mid palate. Ok to good.

Our guide for the virtual tour, Chris Tanghe

Lagar de Condesa Lagar de Condesa Albariño 2016 $18

Toasty, ripe apple nose. Medium acidity, lemony attack with lime notes. OK to good.

Condes de Albarei Condes de Albarei Albariño 2017 $15

Toasty, saline nose. Apple attack, slightly citric, good weight, saline finish. Good.

Paco & Lola Paco & Lola Albariño 2010 $50

This wine is aged on the lees for one year, and then in stainless steel for another 4 years. Apple and mineral nose. Big fruit, apple and mineral on the palate. Medium acidity. Very good.

Pazo de Senorans Pazo Senorans Albariño Seleccion Anada 2010 $55

Tight nose, bit of apple. Rich apple and mineral. Very good.

Thanks to Rias Baixas Wines for putting on an enjoyable and informative tasting. For more information, visit riasbaixaswines.com