Hi! The Analyst here…
This, my second piece for Window On Wine, has come about in a rather strange way. I’m just about out of the “Doghouse” after conducting an unsupervised drinking of one of Sarah’s wines for review. Having had the error of my ways pointed out to me, I felt the least I could do was to pen a few words. So here we are…
In truth, when I saw the ‘unguarded’ Albarino sitting casually amongst some other bottles (I admit now – not in the wines ‘You’ can drink rack), I felt ripple of excitement. This is currently one of my favourite grapes. I love the fresh, almost salty, minerality you often get with wines made from this variety.
Alba Sigbnature Albarino comes from the coastal region of north-western Spain - Rias Baixas. Pale gold colour and faintly oily, this wine looks promising. Maybe my expectations were too high, or maybe my “late night after a hard day at the spreadsheets” supper dulled my taste buds but I confess to being slightly disappointed. The wine was still delicious, but did not have the “wow” of the others I’ve tried.
On the nose, there was a smell of stone fruit and pineapple with a hint of sea salt lurking in the background. On the palate, there was soft peach balanced by minerality and maybe some petrolly type flavours. The wine has medium length and medium acidity. For those interested in the alcohol level it is 12.5%.
If you are unfamiliar with Albarino, I’d strongly encourage you to give this a go. It isn’t my favourite of this variety but it still ticks all the right boxes. I could enjoy this wine on its own or with seafood and fish.
Alba Signature Albarino 2011 is available from Asda priced £7.48.
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