Review: 2008 Vionta Albarino Rias Baixas

Crisp and alive, this Spanish white (from the north of Spain on the Atlantic coast, directly above Portugal) offers a nice balance of fruit and minerals — not as light as Sauvignon Blanc but not as overpoweringly perfumy as, say, Viognier. Minerality is big to start, and then the berries kick in: apple, some fig, some peaches and apricots. Not too acidic, it’s got a bracing body and a quick finish that leaves a touch of sweetness on the tongue. Quite good and refreshing, especially considering the price.

A- / $18 /

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