Full and robust in its approach. The bouquet is fragrant and expansive, with melon and honey aromas pouring forth with gusto. The flavors are quite delicious, a near-perfect blend of apple, melon and citrus. The word on the street is that 2005 Albariños offer great fruit-to-acid balance. This wine is an example of…— M.S.
Simple and airy on the nose, with melon, apple and citrus notes. It’s spritzy, healthy and citrusy in the mouth, with comfortable, familiar pineapple and melon flavors. Holds steady on the finish. Very nice for immediate drinking.— M.S.
A clean, snappy style of Albariño with pear, apple, white pepper and citrus aromas. Tight across the palate, with green apple and orange flavors. Citrus controls the finish, and overall it's focused and designed to go with shellfish.— M.S.
Vionta aims for the racy, lively style of Albariño, and for the most part it nails it. Aromas of peach and nectarine are youthful and pure, while the flavors of apple, peach and lime are pleasant. Not over the top but instead it achieves balance and ease. Imported by Freixenet, USA.— M.S.
Fairly pungent, with apple and lemon aromas that are typical for the variety. The palate has an edge to it and jacked-up acidity that pushes citrus and pineapple flavors toward tangy. With so much citrus character and acidity, it’s lasting and scouring.— M.S.
This single-vineyard Albariño is medium-full in body, but it’s still crisp, which makes it a great alternative-to-Chard candidate for dinner. Its core is pear and apple; mustard seed, chalk and white pepper dress up the nose. —D.M.— D.T.
Butterscotch and candle wax aromas signal a wine in the early stages of decline. In addition, this shows dusty apple and mild citrus scents. The palate is being kept upright by citrusy acidity, while flavors of nectarine and citrus end with bready, aged notes. Drink immediately or wait for the 2012.— M.S.
From the Freixenet group of wineries, Vionta is clean but more neutral than we’d like to see. You won’t be offended by the wine’s green apple and lemon flavors, which are wet, fresh and zesty. But you might like a touch more refinement and dimension. A good wine, but a basic one.— M.S.