Paco & Lola Albarino 2011
Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain
An attractive straw color, with hints of green in the rim. Clean and brilliant. The nose is very expressive and harmonious. Fine notes of white fruit (green apples, pear) and lemony aromas. Hints of herbs (basil) and flower blossom base notes. Surprising aromatic intensity. The palate is clean and textured. Seductive and exotic notes of pineapple and mango intermingle with refreshing citrus flavors, amplified by minerally accents. Silky, but full-bodied, with a long and lingering finish. Round and very tasty.
Paco & Lola make a divine duo with sushi, pastas, fish, rice dishes, white meats, seafood, fish and shellfish stews.
Decanter - "Peachy and stony, with warmth, ripeness and lovely, savoury greengage fruit on the mid palate which has a pristine feel. Final taste is of roasted lemons and herbs, with a stony, almost salty mineral note."
Paco & Lola Winery
Paco & Lola comes from 500 acres of vineyards in Meaño, a special area in the Salnés Valley of northwest Spain, is considered to be the cradle of Albariño wine – the king of white wines in Spain.
Behind Paco & Lola is a dynamic team with the vision of creating Spain's most modern winery. Our winemaking is dedicated to expressing our local terrior and we've invested in the latest tank, press, filtering and temperature control systems. Employing sustainable production techniques and minimizing waste, we make high quality wine that respects the environment. View all Paco & Lola Wines
About Rias BaixasView a map of Rias Baixas wineries (REE-ez BUY-shuss) 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 recognized as they all print “Albarino” on their label.
Notable FactsThere are sub-districts in Rias Baixas, a few of them are more prone to blending Albarino with some other indigenous grapes, which can make the wines more aromatic or fuller-bodied. Both single variety Albarino and blended wines excel in this area. Aromatic and light, one whiff of these whites may bring thoughts of a Sauvignon Blanc, but after one sip the creamy texture says otherwise. Typical aromas and flavors are peach, honeysuckle, lime and vanilla.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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7 ratings, 7 with reviewsBrigid Stanley - Oakland, CA41/19/2015
This is a good choice for someone tired of the usual varietals. I have to admit, at certain points during tasting this I did not entirely enjoy it! There are a number of flavors and nuances that come and go. There is a distinct concentration of honeydew melon, lemongrass, and simply: white grape juice. Predominately the nose has a honey-guava aroma. The fruit is ripe but not without a needed tartness. The heaviness is interesting, definitely a full bodied white, like whole milk. Floral notes of jasmine, apricot, citrus. And then - the finish is unique. I tasted a minerality, mixed with the pungent funk of a dry aged cheese. I normally like salinity in whites... But it was a bit bizarre. It's been a while since I have experienced a wine with so many layers. I'm not sure if they are in harmony or not, but this is great if you are experiencing palate fatigue. I'm guessing this would be perfect paired with a cheese plate....PeterM - State College, PA49/3/2014
- Fruity & Smooth
This is a nicely-priced Albarino and is surprisingly good. It seems that there isn't much of a price/quality relationship with Albarino as we've spent a lot for some bottles and not received much of a bump in quality. The Paco & Lola was offered at a very attractive price and is very palatable. A nice summer refresher.Jodi Ursu - Marathon, FL48/29/2014
- Light & Crisp
Fresh,zesty nose with lemon, ripe pear flesh & a creaminess, first note is of juicy pineapple that mellows into a creme brulee flavor with a slight bitter grapefruit that dissipates into a clean mineral finish.Elizabeth Savage - Fairmont, WV39/8/2014A light, almost prosecco weight change from the tartness of sauvignon blanc and the relative heft of chardonnay. Ideal for summer.ACwine - Newbury Park, CA49/5/2014
- Fruity & Smooth
Good for the price as a summer medium body wine with a light sparkler with or without food. Great value if you the bobly tatste in your mouth.dprb - Morristown, NJ19/5/2014Wine has too much sulfite. Unacceptable. Did not like it at all. NO STARS!Ron Blachman - Berkeley, CA48/29/2014
- Light & Crisp
Eye-opening surprise! Light gold color, medium body, leggy. The nose amazes; medium to large, Apricots and lime zest, perhaps a note of mango. The flavors are pretty big and mouth-filling with a nice finish (the slightest hint of desirable bitterness); there is ample fruit but also plenty of bright acidity to balance it. I gather that Albarino is a cousin of Riesling and the inheritance is clear but this is much bigger than a Kabinett and better balanced. It is a dry white but fruity and lively. I'm so pleased by this I'll be trying a few more of these Rias Baixas whites. A fine value.
- Fruity & Smooth
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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