Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Condes De Albarei Albariño 2011

With Albariño Day now upon us it's time to open another bottle of this delightful Spanish white wine from the Rias Baixas region.  This one, Condes De Albarei Albariño 2011 ($10), I purchased at a local wine shop just for the occasion.

Adegas Condes de Albarei, located in the Val do Salnés sub-zone, is a cooperative of 400 members. Three styles of wine are produced (all 100% Albariño), including one aged in Galician oak. Wines are marketed under the Condes de Albarei and Salneval brands.

The Albariño was served with a dinner of ocean perch steamed in a little water and lots of bok choy and onion. This very light and tasty white fish was a very nice match for the wine.

Aromas were filled with sweet apple, peach, lime and some floral notes.  A tasty palate was filled with peach, apple, some tropical fruit and a little grapefruit with some honeydew melon. I also got a little stone or slate in the mouth.  The finish was nice with some citrus and melon.  Good acidity with soft refreshing flavors, makes for a very versatile wine that will pair well with shellfish, white fish and summer salads.

Later in the evening, I finished the bottle of wine on the patio.  Albariño is a perfect summer wine for just sipping and watching the sun go down.  The Condes de Albarei is very inexpensive and Very Highly Recommended.

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