Archive for the ‘Rias Baixas’ category

Palacio de Fefinanes Albarino 2007

December 15, 2008

img_5102Since the foundation of the Galician DO of Rías Baixas in 1988, the demand for Albariño has skyrocketed. In fact, it has risen so much that two more sub-zones have been added to the original three. However, the Val do Salnés in the northern end of the appellation is still the most important one with ideal cool – but wet – growing conditions. This Albariño is from Palacio de Fefiñanes, based in the centre of this area and the oldest winery in the DO. It has gained a steady following since its introduction in Australia by Xavier Grau about 5 years ago, a classic that nowadays can be found in any good restaurant or shop. Not bad for a variety that was struggling to survive three decades ago! Straw yellow in the glass, it has an intense, classic perfume of flowers backed by notes of citrus peel, grapefruit, apple and apricot, leading onto a layered, succulent palate that shows taut acidity and ample peach flavours towards the long finish. This is exactly the wine you’d wish to drink with good seafood on a warm summer day. 90 points

Source: Toro Wines  Price: $45  Drink: Now-2011

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