2010 Vionta Albariño Rias Baixas
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.
Pear, almond and smoke notes mingle in this broad white. This has a generous texture, and firm underlying acidity. Drink now. (Web-2012)
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 Albariņo. 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."