Spotlight: Albarino from Rias Baxias

Chances are that you have never heard of Albariño. It’s just one of those obscure grapes maybe on the list of wine enthusiasts. The grape is from the up and coming Rias Baixas area of Spain.

Cork’d hosted another wine tasting event at the Roger Smith Hotel in NYC to increase brand awareness to wine consumers.
The Albariño grape was the star of the show, where 5 wines were showcased. Participants were treated to great Albariño  wines representing the Rias Baxias area of Spain as well as factoids relating to the grape varietal.

Albariño is Spain’s most exciting white grape varietal. Rias Baixas is the birthplace of the grape.

Albariño is a white grape varietal and is noted for it’s great acidity and food friendlieness, especially when paired with such seafood treats as ceviche, mussels and empanadas.

The Rias Baixas region of Spain is a white growing grape DO of Spain. 12 grape varietals are grown in the area, but Albariño makes up 90% of the grape growing region. The typical Albariño aroma profile consists of citrus, melon, peach, apricot and other exotic fruits.

Wines showcased:

ADEGA CONDES DE ALBAREI: Pale yellow in the glass. On the nose, loads of tropical fruits, citrus with a medium, juicy finish. Loads of acidity. Bright and refreshing. Pairs well with fresh seafood. 12.5% ABV.

Martín Códax 2009 Rías Baixas Albariño: Pale yellow in the glass. On the nose, apple, pear and peach. Short finish yet clearly refreshing. A great wine to be paried well with seafood and light salads.12.8% ABV.

Palicio de Fefiñanes 2008: Pale yellow.On the nose,lemon and lime. Medium finish with some minerality.

Serra da Estrela; Light yellow. Very aromatic with apricot, peach and lemon-lime. A long vibrant finish showing great acdity.

Pazo San Mauro 2005: pale yellow with a vibrant nose of citrus and stone fruit. On the palate, long lasting acidity with spicy citrus notes.

Cheers! -Adrienne

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