In America we’ve become spoiled in recent years with the exceptional quality of Rias Baixas albarino wines that have made it to our shores. This 2020 bottling from Gotas de Mar (“sea drops”) isn’t the most vibrant wine I’ve encountered from this iconic Spanish region, but it follows reasonably closely with expectations, showing off restrained notes of white peaches, a mild saline character, and a gentle gooseberry note on the back end. A bit creamier and less acidic than the typical albarino, but still in the wheelhouse. Ultimately, there’s nothing particularly game-changing here, but when served well-chilled it absolutely does the trick for summer sipping.
B / $20 / hammekencellars.com