10 Rías Baixas Albariño – James Melendez

It had been a while since I had tasted Rías Baixas Albariño – I was on an online tasting with Snooth.  This was the largest tasting I had ever done online ever.  I loved the variance of Rías Baixas Albariño there wasn’t a particular bandwidth of characterization–instead the expression was on the producer and even subregions.

I love that I was tasting just a mainline white wine but another variety.  One of Spain’s best white wines.  While Galicia has a very seafood dominate cuisine–and I am a huge seafood fan–these wines can pair easily with a variety of dishes: pasta and white sauces, pesto, Gouda, burgers, pizza, Jamon, oysters, mussels and much more.

Here are my notes from each wine I tasted:

Vionta Rías Baixas Albariño 2015 

Delightfully dry and full of character; 12.5% ABV

Scent: beeswax, green, yellow cities peel, moist granite, flowers and white tea

Palate: Meyer lemon, quince, white flowers and a savory note of sesame.


Martin Codax Rías Baixas Albariño 2015 

Scent: white peach, oyster shell, passion fruit, and star fruit

Palate: mineral approach gives way to Sicilian lemon, white peach, salinity and essence of white fig.

12.5% ABV


Bodegas Terras Gauda Abadía de San Campio Rías Baixas Albariño  2015

Scent: White stone fruit orchard, green apple, and green citrus

Palate: hint of graphite, sesame, mineral, salinity, lemon confit, and white nectarine

12.5% ABV


Pazo de San Mauro Rías Baixas Albariño 2015

Scent: passion fruit, star fruit, orange fleshy tropical fruit-honey, beeswax, white tea and flowers ->

Palate: hint of dried flowers-saffron, oyster shell, salinity gold citrus peel



Robalino Rías Baixas Albariño 2016

Scent: beautiful floweral notes, orange blossom, citron, crushed oyster shell

Palate: hint of marshmallow; graphite, buddha hand, white pepper and lemon rind.



Valminor Rías Baixas Albariño 2015 

Scent: minerally, graphite, white pepper, and tea.

Palate: Crushed sea shell, crisp green apple, beeswax; graphite, white pepper, lemon/orange peel and tea

12.5% ABV


Altos de Torona Rías Baixas Albariño 2015

A lovely balance of acid to fruit and mineral.

Scent: crushed, shells, sea air, delicate flower garden

Palate:  Passionfruit, orange marmalade, moist stones and dried apples.

13% ABV


Condes de Albarei Rías Baixas Albariño 2015

Scent: orange blossom, graphite, pine nut, kumquat

Palate:  rocks in a stream, sesame, white peach, and green-yellow citrus and pulp

12.5% ABV


Pazo Senorans Rías Baixas Albariño 2016

Scent sun dried river rocks, jasmine, green app,e and comic pear,

Palate:  white nectarine, green to gold citrus zest and peel, hint of almond and moist stones

13.5% ABV


Santiguo Ruiz Rías Baixas Albariño 2015

Scent: orange blossom, honey comb, crisp green pear and acratic fig,

Palate:  moist stones, citrus peel, almond, bergamot, and sesame

13% ABV


Wines courtesy of Snooth and each producer




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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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