Albariño is a grape that originates in the northwest corner of Spain; it makes some incredible wines, and I’m dumbfounded that it’s not more common in the US. The grape has the potential to fit a sweet spot in body, acidity, and fruit somewhere in between Chardonny, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio. I think it’s tremendous with big, hearty fish, almost any style of chicken, and plenty of vegetarian dishes.
3 North Vines Albariño (2015) American – $24
Color: medium gold.
Aroma: floral, with some sharp citrus undertones.
Taste: mellow, with lots of pear and dried pear, dried flowers, and just a hint of grapefruit.
This wine is suitable for cocktail hour or for a meal. It’s nice, but I’m hoping their next few vintages will provide some extra oomph.