Light & Crisp
Ham and smoked meats, Salmon, Dill-seasoned dishes
Good cork. Pale lemon-straw, light-to-medium body, leggy. Medium sized nose, citrus and spice when still cold, a bit of apple as it warms up. Nice acid and good fruit to balance, dry but not austere; there is a hint of desirable bitterness and a lingering finish. There is just a tiny hint of CO2 and I don't know if this indicates a continuing fermentation in the bottle, ( the potential price of avoiding malo-lactic fermentation during primary fermentation). A lovely Gewurz, fresh and ready to drink but not to hold for long. I think it a bit expensive, though.
Roast fowl, Charcuterie, Sweetbreads
Quality cork. Medium straw-gold, medium bodied, leggy. Nice nose, pretty good size even when a bit chilled: spiced apple, cinnamon, cedar, a hint of smoke, with a bit of riesling; exotic and very nice. Good flavors and balance, pretty big and mouth-filling; good acid with fruit to carry it off; a bit of a lingering finish. Nice to drink now, could hold up to five years (good cork helps!). I don't expect a lot of improvement with time but no decline, either. This is a lovely, luscious wine. You can find wines as good for less money but if you love variety and can afford it I strongly advise you give this a try. It's still less expensive than it's French counterparts. I had it with sweetbreads and chantrelles and it was perfect!
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.