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Rías Baixas is renowned for the Albariño grape, an indigenous variety that produces some of the world’s foremost white wines. Located in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain, the DO (Denomination of Origin) was formally established in 1988. And, these Albariños should really get any wine lover’s attention because of their lovely acidity ,drinkability, and attractive pricing.

 

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Pazo Señoran 2015 Albariño

Grape(s): 100% Albariño

Region: DO Rías Baixas, Spain

Price: 20-25

Tasting Notes:

Fragrances of lime, pineapple, peach, and minerals rise up from a glass. The palate showcases flavors of white peach, golden pineapple, and key lime, along with accents of herbs and minerals. A nice, crisp acidity is balanced by a pleasant roundness, making this wine a fine match for grilled calamari. Over 23,000 cases were made.

Rating: 92

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Vina Nora 2015 Albariño

Grape(s): 100% Albariño

Region: DO Rías Baixas, Spain

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

Aromatics of pears and peaches come together with hints of minerals, herbs, and white blossoms on the nose. Flavors of orchard and stone fruit play with floral and minerals allusions of the palate. Lively and full-bodied, baked sole in a light cream sauce would be a nice pairing.

Rating: 89

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Don Pedro de Soutomaior 2015 Albariño

Grape(s): 100% Albariño

Region: DO Rías Baixas, Spain

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of peach, apricot, lime, and honeysuckle greets the senses. Lively citrus notes combine with ripe peach and apricot on the palate, alongside traces of thyme and orange blossoms. Appealing fruit and a good body make this a fine choice to pair with grilled chicken breast seasons with fresh herbs.

Rating: 89

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Granbazán 2014 Etiqueta Verde

Grape(s): 100% Albariño

Region: DO Rías Baixas, Spain

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

Notes of apples, pears, peaches, and citrus blossoms play together on the nose. Crisp pear, tart apple, and fresh lime flow into minerals and orange blossoms on the palate. A friendly acidity and a harmony of flavors endear this wine to pork and vegetable stir fry.

Rating: 89

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Pazo San Mauro 2014 Albariño

Grape(s): 100% Albariño

Region: DO Rías Baixas, Spain

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

A compelling nose of bright citrus, stone fruit, and spring flowers rise up from a glass. The palate offers flavors of lemon, lime, and peach that open up into floral and mineral nuances.  A wine that’s crisp and vibrant, grilled halibut would make a lovely pairing.

Rating: 88