2010 Vionta Albariño Rias Baixas

SKU #1094948 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright straw. Lime, lemongrass and white flowers on the nose and palate. Dry and precise but shows good heft and breadth, offering juicy pear and citrus flavors and a hint of white pepper. Finishes with good cut, grip and length, the pear note repeating.  (10/2011)

Wine Spectator

 Pear, almond and smoke notes mingle in this broad white. This has a generous texture, and firm underlying acidity. Drink now. (Web-2012)

K&L Notes

100% Albarino from Spain's Rias Baixas region. Noted wine writer and critic John Tilson of the Underground Wine Letter writes: "Outstanding. Light yellow in color this wine has a lovely perfume with hints of melon, citrus, and peach with a faint floral mineral undertone. It is finesseful and balanced with gorgeous fruit hinting of melon and citrus with a faint minerality. This is delicious wine that rates very high on the drinkability scale." (02/12) From the producer: "As always, a perfect aperitif wine, as we have come to expect from Vionta Albariño. It has a brisk and tempting acidity that stimulates the appetite. Pairs very well with cold cracked crab or any grilled white-fleshed fish. But with its layers of flavor, it would also work well with a spicy Thai red curry or a Chinese black bean sauce. Also try it with grilled mushrooms, chilled avocado soup or a mild blue cheese."

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

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