The soul of Albarino lies in the heart of the Salnés, sub-area of Rías Baixas with in Galicia, situated in the North West of Spain. The climate is hot but with close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean enabling a crucial cooling influence. Pazo Cilleiro is located in the municipality of Meis, lying among a network of soft undulating hills and valleys on the doorstep to the beautiful Monastery of Armenteira, of Galician and Roman history. Highlighting the long association of this beautiful area with the culture of grape growing and wine making.
This is a full-flavoured yet fresh Albarino. The vintage produced highly aromatic and concentrated fruit that shows beautifully through the wine. The palate displays a rich medley of lifted lemon citrus, white stone fruit and white flowers. This is a mouth-filling wine driven long by the clip of bracing acidity delivering a super fresh finish. This will match wonderfully with fresh or barbecued seafood, garden salads and almost anything else.
Pristine and elegant, the wine shows delicate aromas of white flesh nectarine, Gala apple and lemon peel on the nose, leading to a finely textured palate that's focused and linear. It's wonderfully structured by zesty acidity, finishing persistent and mouth-watering. Tasted: June 2020; Alcohol: 13%; At its best: Now to 2023. Price: $23.00; Rating: 93 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
The Rías Baixas outpost of Bodegas Muriel. This seems to be a much better, fresher wine than the 2018. Juicy fresh pineapple and tangerine with a little chamomile and greenery. Good burst of flavour, intensity and acid cut, some honey, a tickle of spritz, slight chalkiness, green herb and citrus burst on a solid finish. Fun fun fun. Tasted: June 2020; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $22; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020 - 2024; Rated: 91 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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