Pazo de Senorans Albarino 2007
Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain
Straw yellow in color with some green tinges and a viscous texture. Complex ripe fruit aromas of golden apple complimented by a wide range of citrus and citrus zest dominate the nose, with subtle floral and spice aromas. An ample wine from start to finish, the aromatics play out in the mouth with fleshy and harmonious flavors and a persistent, balanced finish.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Albarino is a worthy successor to the 2006 which received 92 points in Issue 175. Sourced from the oldest vines in Rias Baixas and aged on the lies with batonnage, the wine is light gold-colored with aromas of lemon meringue and white peach. On the palate the wine has superb depth, layers of fruit, intense flavors, and a lengthy, pure finish. "
International Wine Cellar - "Light, bright gold. Deep, musky aromas of pear, peach skin, green papaya and lime pith. Concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and overlain with dusty minerals. The citrus notes gain strength on the finish, which is nervy, focused and long. This wine's mix of energy and depth will make it very adaptable at the table."
Pazo de Senorans Winery
Pazo de Señorans is located in the Salnes region of the Rias-Biaxas in northwest Spain. It would not be an exageration to say that winemaker Señora Mariol Bueno's tireless efforts in promoting the region resulted in Rias-Baixas' status as a D.O., which was finally granted in 1992. Through her work, the region gained international noteriety for producing a wonderful and intriguing white wine from the indigenous Albariño grape variety. View all Pazo de Senorans 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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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
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- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
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- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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