Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Salvenal Albariño 2009

Salvenal Albariño 2009
Origin: Rias Baixas, Spain
Blend: Albarino (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: February 2011
Purchase Price: $9.99

Our review: Medium gold with green reflections, this wine has aromas of tropical fruit and honey with hints of spiced cider. Very smooth and fruitful on the palate, the blend of flavors tends more towards tree fruit (apple/pear) with a light floral component. The finish is clean though undistinguished and relatively brief.

Our rating: We served this wine with sauteed chicken breasts and fresh asparagus, a nice pairing. Indeed, though we sampled the wine before eating, the food seemed to bring out more of the subtle characteristics of the wine, improving it overall. If you are unfamiliar with this varietal, this would be a good choice for your first bottle. We rate it Above Average, a rating we also gave to an older vintage, the Salvenal Albariño 2007.

Note: This wine isn't mentioned on the website provided on the bottle, though another Albariño is, one which we reviewed some time ago (and would like to try again), the Condes de Albarei Albariño 2006.

No taste profile from the winemaker found.

Winery website: Condes de Albarei.

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