2011 Fillaboa "Finca Monte Alto" Albariño Rias Baixas

SKU #1168889 94 points 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.  (8/ 2014)

Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (7/ 2014)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/16/2014  | Send Email
Albariño has transformed itself into Spain's most popular, serious white wine export because of wines like this. This single vineyard bottling from Fillaboa has delicious fruit, marked minerality, and more than a nod to the saltwater inlets (or "Rias") that shape coastal Galicia. Drink this wine with clams steamed in wine and garlic, whole grilled fish, or any fresh seafood you can get your hands on. I can assure you that it will be a food and wine pairing you'll come back to time and time again.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Spain

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rias Baixas

Alcohol Content (%): 13