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News | Jul 26 2019

Albariño Wines in the Spotlight in The New York Times

The paper’s wine panel tasted and reviewed a selection from the Rías Baixas, and concluded that the wines have notable untapped potential in the US

Albariño Review

A recent article in The New York Times offered an overview of the Albariño wine experience in the US. These Spanish wines first appeared back in the ‘90s. Though they had little visibility at the time, consumers began to realize that they were special wines and they started to become quite popular.

The paper, however, decided to take a closer look at these wines, and a wine panel, comprising industry experts, tasted 20 bottles from the Rías Baixas. Participating wines came from the 2017 vintage for the most part, though there were a few from 2016. The tasters described several of the wines as being “more textured, with great minerality and intensity… demanding exploration” as they endeavor to reflect who they are and where they come from.

The panel’s favorite wines had good acidity, mineral flavors and notes of citrus, pairing perfectly with fresh seafood dishes. Other bottles had a notable presence of lees and there was evidence that the wines had been aged in barrels.

The clear winner was 2015 Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas, which costs around $50 and was the oldest of all the wines that were sampled. They ranked the following wines in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, respectively: 2017 Envidiacochina Tete de Cuvee from Adega Familiar Eladio Piñeiro (which is made using biodynamic methods), 2017 Aquitania from Bodegas Aquitania, and 2017 Albariño from Bodegas Palacio de Fefiñanes.

What does the future hold for Albariño in the US? The wine panel believes that there is considerable untapped potential as long as producers remain focused on quality and strive to create wines that reflect their local terroirs.

Albariño Review / Photo by Matthieu Joannon

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