2011 Columna Albariño Rias Baixas

SKU #1118912 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A terrific Albarino from vineyards planted in 1978 on granite and slate-based soils, the 2011 Columna Albarino exhibits exotic notes of pineapples, white peaches and honeysuckle, fresh acids, and medium-bodied, intense, concentrated, alluring flavors. Consume it over the next 1-2 years.  (8/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Green-gold color. Bright aromas and flavors of orange, pear and peach are enlivened by a stony element. Tactile and dry, with attractive candied citrus and honeysuckle qualities carrying through a zesty, mineral-accented finish.  (9/2012)

K&L Notes

This is a wonderfully crisp, spritely newcomer in our Albariño section. A lovely balance between granite-driven minerality, salinity and delicate melon and yellow stone fruit make this wine perfect before a meal or to enjoy with seafood and shellfish. Lots of character and value for the price.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2013 | Send Email
While we occasionally find perfectly refreshing, competently made AlbariƱo for less than $15, it is rare that we find something more complex, something that shows a bit more of what AlbariƱo is all about. Columna is definitely bringing more than mere refreshment to the table. Located in the Rias Baixas sub-zone of Condado do Tea, furthest from the Atlantic, there is still a slightly saline touch to this wine's palate, along with melon, stone fruit and marked minerality. The 35 year-old vines, no doubt, have everything to do with the complexity of one of our new favorite Spanish whites.

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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.

Rias Baixas

Alcohol Content (%): 12.5