The number of retailer’s I’ve heard say “you’ll be on to a winner if you put some albariño underscrew cap and charge $20 for it” is amazing and they’re right. Well this goes halfway there, screwcap really suits the style too. Of course, I can’t really tell if it’s the vintage or the closure without a cork closed bottle to compare with, but this is the freshest tasting albariño I’ve had outside Spain or Portugal.
Fresh and crisp are the two best words for this. I could add early season peach, loads of minerals, lemon peel and a dash of kaffir lime leaves and all the usual albariño descriptors but that would complicate it too much. This is classic valmiñor: tight and focused with intensely minerally acid and a long tangy finish of white peach and lime leaves. Excellent stuff, almost Chablis like in character. I’m loving these 07 Albariños…92 Pts.
Source: The Spanish Acquisition Price: $34 Closure: Screwcap