It’s easy to get lost in the sea of Spanish red wine that appears to be flooding my wine shop’s real estate. It’s also easy to walk right past the modest six bottle-selection of Spanish white wine hiding in the corner. Aside from Cava and Sherry, I’m guessing many wine lovers wouldn’t recognize Spain’s predominant white producing regions like Rias Baixas, Ribeira, or Rueda. Of course, the casual wine enthusiast might recognize northwestern Spain’s all-star white grape: Albariño (Alvarinho in Portugal). I would describe this grape as vaguely Sauvignon Blanc-like with less “veg” and more “fruit” character.
My most recent Albariño tasting:
Serra Estrela, ’03 ($15)
- Albariño from the D.O. Rias Baixas (in Galacia)
- Green-gold in color with slight petillance, narrow, watery rim, and an overall glossy sheen
- Scents of yellow pear and canned pineapple coupled to an overall mineral/stony aroma
- The wine attacks with initially non-fruity flavors, followed by pear & citrus flavors, and finishes off with a crisp, mineral tongue-squeegee treatment
***.5 (3.5 stars out of 5)
This freshmacher paired nicely with a spinach, feta, and olive pizza.