June 10, 2021 - Prior bottle was only five months ago and my notes were generally consistent. White peach, melon and floral notes on the nose. Just a hint of saline now in the background. Between light and medium bodied with white peach and white pear again the dominant upfront notes. Mid-body is a bit more rounded and displays a bit more depth than previously, adding melon and more open white peach. Felt like there was just a bit more balancing acidity on the backside in this bottle (bottle variation) than my prior one, which was a positive addition to contrast and backbone. When combined with nicely tart citrus notes, it provided more length on the finish than prior bottles showed. This doesn't have the drive of the best Albarinos, but it shows its fruit quite well and when served chilled, the contrasting citrus and acidity provide good definition. This wine was never designed to be held, but rather, to be drunk and enjoyed and I'll plan to open my last bottle in July 2021.
January 12, 2021 - Prior bottle was nearly seven months ago and my notes were consistent. Floral, white peach and other tart, white orchard fruit notes on the nose, but noticeably less in terms of saline qualities. Close to medium bodied with the same mix of white peach and more tart white pear both upfront and through the middle. Good citrus qualities remain on the backside along with solid acidity. Overall, while the fruit shows good expression (as it did in the first bottle), the acidity and tart notes on the back side have integrated more quickly than I anticipated. While enjoyable, it didn't have the cut or contrast that I look for and enjoy in Albarino. That's not to say it has none of those qualities, just not enough to justify the high professional scores in my opinion. It's quite drinkable and pretty, but doesn't have enough varietal character to justify a higher score. I will probably open my next bottle in late Q2 2021 as this isn't a wine designed for long term cellaring.
July 19, 2020 - Delightfully fruity, apricot-white blossom notes. Nice complement to poached salmon or chicken breast. Albarino is my favorite summer white.
July 1, 2020 - I have been looking for this kind of quality Albarino for 5 years, and here it come in at $13!. Great floral/tropical nose, medium weight throughout the mid-palate, and that signature salinity on the finish.
June 16, 2020 - Initially very floral on the nose, along with white peach, some mixed, tart white orchard fruits notes and a distinct saline quality. Nearly medium bodied (13% ABV) with white peach notes upfront, mixed with rounder notes of pear and apricot. Mid-body shows some good depth while the backside shows very good acidity, tart citrus notes and lingering floral and minerals. In the initial part of the mid-body, the fruit is a bit more expressive and there's a real roundness here. Behind that, tartness and acidity really take over, providing good structure. Feels like there's good potential here and maybe with a bit more time and better temperature control, this wine will show to its potential. At present, not sure it fully lives up to the high professional reviews. Still has very good QPR and I will open my next bottle in mid-July 2020 and reassess.
February 29, 2020 - Stellar value for $13. Rather full bodied, with good concentration of lemony fruit, a bit of dried apricot, and some reduction that goes away after a couple hours. Good texture, although a bit one note. 88-89
December 29, 2019 - Works now but could be saved too for some years to come.
June 27, 2019 - Presentación de la añada 2018 de la DO Rias Baixas (Hotel The Westin Valencia (Spain),): Mas cremoso y con más sensación de fruta que el "clásico". Cierta mineralidad. Ligeros tostados. Buena acidez.