2011 Fillaboa "Finca Monte Alto" Albariño Rias Baixas
Wine & Spirits
As fresh and meaty as a scallop, this is a muscular Albariņo with a powerful grip to its structure. It emphasizes clarity and freshness, deepening to a littoral scent of kelp and brine. Its core of richness doesn't feel heavy. Instead it's a brisk bolt of minerality to pour with miso-glazed cod.
Gold in color, with mineral, toast, baked apple and stone-fruit aromas, this Albariņo is plump and mature on the palate. Flavors of peach, papaya and minerals finish long and peachy, with baked apple and minerally notes to the finish.
This is Fillaboa's single vineyard Albariņo, from older vines planted on a granitic hillside in the Salnes valley sub-zone of Rias Baixas. It shows intense golden fruits on the palate, with wonderful mineral tones; in fact, given the way this wine presents itself you could say that this is the very definition of a refreshing, granite grown white! It is a textbook Albariņo that is drinking wonderfully right now. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)