Albarino is the most exciting white wine to come along in years. It's perfumed aromas, crisp flavors and compelling affinity with food has made it all the rage. This one from top Rioja Bodega Ramon Bilbao is a beautiful example at a bargain price. Harvested by hand from vineyards located on the valley terraces and steep slopes of the Val do Salnes, over-looking the Atlantic ocean. Temperature-controlled maceration and vinification of free-run must impart the wine with its unique characteristics of freshness and aromatic intensity. This wine won a Gold Medal with a 91 point score in the San Diego International Wine and Spirits Competition and Wine Enthusiast said "Apple and melon aromas are clean, stony and direct. This feels juicy while also offering ample body weight. Tangerine and nectarine flavors finish long, minerally and ripe, with none of Albariño’s common pithy bitterness." This just received 91 points "Excellent, Highly Recommended" in the Ultimate Wine Challenge.
The Albariño is light, fresh and delicious for warm weather dining. Goes perfectly with cold seafood and other salad dishes. Perhaps a bit more tart than some Albarinos I've tasted and liked, but I expect to enjoy each bottle.