Kings River Winery 2015 Albariño
A few Albariño facts:
Albariño wine (pronounced “alba-reen-yo”) is a top-shelf light-bodied white wine grown primarily in Spain and Portugal (Vinho Verde). It’s also grown in the United States, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Uruguay. Albariño was presumably brought to Iberia by Cluny monks in the twelfth century.
- August 1st is International Albariño Day
- Some of the oldest living vines in the world are Albariño Vines and are up to 300 years old.
- It is common to see the word “Albariño on Spanish wine labels unlike other which label by region.
- Spanish and Portuguese winemakers have always treasured the freshness of Albariño and do not age in oak.
- The grapes are small with thick skins. Not only does this make Albariño harder to produce wines, it also often results in a distinct raw-almond or citrus pith like bitterness.
- Many Albariño vineyard the vines are trained to trellis over-head to help keep the grapes dry and avoid rot.
- There are two main regions that Albariño can widely be found in Spain and in Portugal’s Vinho Verde in Portugal where it is know as Alvarinho.
Kings River Winery 2015 Albariño is a wonderful example of this grape.
PRIMARY FLAVORS: Lemon Zest, Grapefruit, Honeydew, Nectarine, Saline