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O Fillo da Condesa 2019 Albariño


Albariño's can come in basically two camps-super fresh, tart, and light which are most of them, or very ripe or stewed fruits, mellow, and light-medium body. This basically has to do with the region, but a big part of it is the aging in possibly oak and stirring of the lees/lees aging.


I like both as options, but knowing which one you are getting can be an issue. So that means drink up and take notes!


Also you could pay attention to the back labels on the wines. The Spanish are getting really good at being precise and giving a pretty accurate description of what you will find in the bottle.


(Any malo conversions, lees aging, or use of oak will usually be stated and that will help you realize if it's a more full-bodied albariño.)



However, this Albariño is in the tart/light camp. There is no malolactic fermentation, lees aging, or oak aging. This is a fresh, fresh wine, and just the way I like.



Like all albariños, it is pretty golden in color. This can be a little disconcerting because more color is usually associated with oak aging, but this is just what this grape does. It's in between the color of a Sauvignon Blanc and a lighly oaked Chardonnay.



The 2019 Albarino Rias Biaxas


This wine is golden in color but has some greens hues to create more of a young harvest gold.

The smell is of mandarin, honeysuckle, white flower, plantain, sweet lime juice, and pear.

The taste is of pear juice, papaya, white peaches, fresh green queen olive, white pepper, tarragon, pear, and racy lemon.

The finish starts with fruit but ends with more spicy and green elements.


This is a great spring wine with its floral aromatics, but also the juicy fruits of summer.

You can find this wine at Waterfront Wine and Spirits for 12.99.