Ripe like many of the 2003s, but still a perfectly fine Albariño. The nose is clean and peachy, while light citrus, nectarine and apple control the palate. Nothing out of the ordinary: fine body and fresh lime on the finish. good as a first-course white.
Pretty to sniff, with aromas of lemon, fresh white fruits and minerals. Feels crisp, chiseled and racy, with blazing acidity propelling green apple, lime, green melon and saline flavors. Long on the finish. Drink now.
Ripe yet a bit chunky, probably a reflection of this estate’s somewhat inland location. Shows sweet grapefruit and almond flavors, with a touch of pithy bitterness on the finish. This winery is owned by Marqués de Murrieta of Rioja fame.
Barrantes is always a full-bodied Albariño from one of Rias Baixas’s warmest subzones. The nose on the ’07 is of doughnuts and pastry, with sweet pear kicking in. The flavors are peach, apricot and ripe citrus fruits, and the finish is pithy and wide. Plods along a bit; could stand to be lighter and smoother in scope.
Almond, sherry and banana aromas start it out. The palate is mellow and smooth, with apple and touches of lemon. There’s ring and some zing on the finish, but not too much as the wine is beginning to show signs of reaching early maturity. Drink immediately.
Husky on the nose but mostly it comes across as wild, with jumpy, loud pear, melon and apple aromas. The mouth is spunky and all over the map, while flavors of tangy yellow fruits carry an acidic, herbal twinge and even a grassy quality. Lacks perfect poise but it can’t be called timid or dull.
Peach is the lead aroma on the nose, which is also a bit heavy and slightly vegetal. Full and chunky in the mouth, with pithy, mildly bitter apple and melon flavors. Finishes soft and pithy. One of the more fuller-bodied Albariños out there.
Tan in color and smelling fairly oxidized. Aromas of peach pits and blanched almond lack freshness, while the palate veers more toward applesauce than fresh fruit. There’s some life left but not enough to make it a recommended wine. Tastes, feels and smells sort of jumbled.