Condes de Albarei Albarino 2012
Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
From the cool "green" coast of Spain's northwest, Condes de Albarei Albariño is a complex blend of flavors that fits perfectly with the modern American lifestyle. Made from 100% Albarino, this wine has a rich, vibrant mouth feel with aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and melons and a juicy, slightly mineral finish. It is the ultimate shellfish, seafood or cocktail wine.
salty and tight, lovely texture, very fine and elegant with good
structure; pure, long, with a typical bitter edge to the finish which
Light & Crisp
Great value that consistently gets great scores from the critics. Apple, lime and mineral aromas with crisp lemon and green apple flavors. Long and minerally finish.
Veal Piccata or Marsala, Roast pig or boar, Paella, Tapas
This is my second experience with Albarino from the Rias Baixas. This is firmer, less tropical than the Paco & Lola. The color is pale gold, medium bodied; legs form slowly; I think this has a high "total extract". The nose is medium sized, not a explosive as the P&L; notes of pear and spice, a bit riesling like but distinct. Big flavors, a dry balance with plenty of acidity but enough fruit to carry it. It is a big, firm wine, mouth filling with a long finish. this does not want to be overly chilled. This is, somehow a "serious" wine; I picture it being served by a tall, severe, slender woman of indeterminate years and impeccable posture dressed in black crinoline with a tall shell comb in her tightly coiled hair; she allows herself is only a glimmer of a smile when you try this with a nice, salty Jamon and olives. The style is not available on the pull-down menu, I'd call it big, stuffed but crisp. It might transform a bit with a few years in the bottle but it will be intersting at every point along the way.
Light & Crisp
raw oysters on the half shell
Albarino is such a fine varietal and the 2012 Condes de Albarei is one of the best in the marketplace. Fresh and frisky, this one simply invites the simple and purest of seafoods.
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Adega Condes de Albarei is located in the valley known as O Salnes, in the heart of D.O. Rias Baixas. It is two kilometers away from Cambados, in the province of Galicia. Galicia is one of the oldest areas in Spain, settled originally by the Celts. Considered by many experts to be the most prestigious white-wine producing region of Spain today, D.O. Rias Baixas has produced wine...
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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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