2011 Condes de Albarei Albariño Rias Baixas
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Albarino Condes de Albarei comes from 40-year-old vines cropped at around 7,000 kilograms per hectare and sees a little malolactic fermentation (around 5%). It has a striking, exuberant bouquet of banana skin, watermelon and peony that is well-defined and alluring. The palate is crisp and well-balanced with lively peach and lemon zest on the entry, hints of papaya and gooseberry, leading to a finish that is akin to a fine tropical Sauvignon Blanc. This is a well-crafted Albarino. Drink now-2016.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow. Spicy, mineral-accented aromas of lemon curd and orange, with a deeper pear quality emerging in the glass. Juicy and silky in texture, with smooth orchard fruit flavors that expand on the back half. In an open-knit, easy-going style, with good finishing punch and cling.
Pear, green almond, fresh herb and floral notes mingle in this round, smooth white. Smoke and mineral notes add interest, while firm acidity maintains focus.
Produced from grapes grown in sandy, granitic soils in the prime Salnes Valley sub-zone of the Rías Baixas, this is an excellent entry into the delicious world of Albariño wines. It has lively citric, yellow fruit and lemongrass flavors in addition to the typical saline notes and granite driven freshness found in the best examples of these wines. Enjoy this on its own as an "apero" or pair with your favorite grilled or raw seafood dishes. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)