2019 Dobson Family Wines Albariño

Community Tasting Note

Likes this wine:

90 Points

Saturday, June 12, 2021 - Repeat Purchase @ Costco. 13.5% abv - $15
Pale yellow in the glass. Citrus, Lemon, and Honeysuckle on the nose. Apricot and green apple on the palate. Delightfully bright, wine is smooth with a well-rounded feel in the mouth. Crisp acidity is refreshing and cleanses the palate with a pleasant, lingering, minerally finish. A Hit! Spouse endorsed.
(Dobson Family Wines is a small vintner in NoCal; availability seems to be limited to 2 or 3 Costco's around SF Bay Area)

I did an informal taste comparison with a 2019 Bodegas As Laxas Albariño (12.5% abv - $11) I had opened previously. The color was the same, however, I thought there were some stylistic differences in an 'Old World' meets 'New World' sense. The Laxas did not have the Honeysuckle notes of the Dobson, but did have some effervescence (zip) apparent on the palate. The Laxas was a little more acidic. Crisp and Refreshing, with a little more astringent, but pleasant finish. The Laxas did not seem to have the 'roundness' or 'smooth' feeling in the mouth as the Dobson.

I had previously done a tasting note for a 2019 Compania de Vinos del Atlantico Alvarinho Sacrata (13.0% abv - $9). A nice wine but in comparison not as crisp as the Laxas with more salinity.

As far as the three Albariños, my hierarchy would be: Dobson (90 pts); Laxas (88 pts); and Sacrata (86 pts.)

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  • Comment posted by Mark1npt:

    6/14/2021 11:13:00 AM - Good info, thanks very much!

  • Comment posted by red freddy:

    6/15/2021 11:40:00 AM - Thanks for the kind words, Mark! My impressions were not very scientific, but glad you found 'em useful.

  • Comment posted by Mark1npt:

    6/15/2021 5:52:00 PM - I'm pretty weak on Spanish wines, so anything I can learn here is a blessing, thanks again!

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