Benito Santos Albarino Pago de Xoan 2007

Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain

Price: $27.99 $19.99
Save $8.00 (29%)
Item No. 113083
  • ST92
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Old vine Albarino - 80-100 yrs, planted on ungrafted vines in pure granite soils.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright yellow. Intensely perfumed bouquet of pungent orange pith, pear and anise, with slow-building spiciness and chalky minerality. Vibrant, finely etched citrus and smoky mineral flavors expand and gain depth with air and pick up sexy floral character. Reminds me of Chablis. The brisk finish features a strong echo of lime zest and a touch of iodine. These are pie franco vines-i.e., planted on their own, ungrafted rootstock, which is quite rare, anywhere."
92 Points

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Learn About Benito Santos

Benito Santos is a central figure in the modern history of Albariño and the Rías Baixas D.O. He began working in his grandfather"s vineyards in the 1930s and made wine for serving in his bar - wines that repeatedly won prizes in the annual Fiesta de Albariño in Cambados. He was instrumental in the creation of the Rías Baixas D.O. in the 1980s. San Franciscan Todd Blomberg...

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Learn About Rias Baixas

(REE-ez BUY-shuss) Just above the Portuguese border lies Rias Baixas, Spain's prominent white wine region. Situated in Galacia, the region is wet and rainy with some large temperature changes due to its proximity to the coast. The main grape of note here is Albarino, the white variety known for creating fragrant and fruity wines perfect for seafood. The bottles are easily...

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