Albariño

Albariño is a white grape grown predominantly in northwest Spain and Portugal, where it is also known as Alvarinho. It typically produces lightly colored but aromatic and high acid full-bodied wines that often exhibit ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Albariño among our extensive Albariño wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Albariño reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Albariño, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Longoria 2005 Clover Creek Vineyard Albariño (Santa Ynez Valley)

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  1. $26

Granted, there haven’t been that many, but this is the best California Albariño I’ve had. A wonderful wine, crisply acidic and deeply flavored. Candied citrus zest, peach pie, pink grapefruit, buttery honeysuckle, apricot, nectarine, and no oak because it doesn’t need any. A spectacular food wine or just cocktail. Shows the promise of this variety in the right climate.

 — S.H.  (12/15/2006)
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Marimar Estate 2011 Don Miguel Vineyard Albariño (Russian River Valley)

  1. $32

With this bottling, Marimar Estate confirms itself as one of the two best, most consistent producers of Albariño in California, along with Longoria. The wine is brilliant, with brisk acidity, dryness, modest alcohol and complex flavors of citrus fruit and zest, minerals, white tobacco and ripe figs.

 — S.H.  (7/1/2013)
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Marimar Estate 2010 Don Miguel Vineyard Albariño (Russian River Valley)

  1. $32

Marimar’s first Albariño is unquestionably one of the best ever to hail from California. Made without oak, it’s modest in alcohol, giving it a light, transparent mouthfeel that transmits pure, bone dry flavors of peaches, grapefruits and guava, with a touch of Sauvignon Blanc-like gooseberry and enough acidity to make the palate whistle. A real beauty, especially…

 — S.H.  (5/1/2012)
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Tangent 2009 Paragon Vineyard Albariño (Edna Valley)

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  1. $17

A wonderful, amazingly rewarding wine, certainly one of California’s best Albariños. If there’s any oak at all, it’s insignificant. What stars is brilliant Edna Valley acidity and racy flavors of citrus fruits, pears, white flowers and white peppery spices. The perfect cocktail wine.

 — S.H.  (8/1/2011)
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Aveleda 2009 Alvarinho (Minho)

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  1. $13

Alvarinho is the grape of northern Vinho Verde, giving a style that is rich and complex. The fruit here fits that character, packed with pear, apple and citrus flavors and a light texture of lime zest. Note: this wine is commercialized as Follies Alvarinho outside the U.S.

 — R.V.  (8/1/2010)
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Wines & Winemakers 2013 Nostalgia 10 Barricas Alvarinho (Vinho Verde)

From old Alvarinho vines, this wine was fermented in wood to round it out and give extra richness. The wine certainly is full-bodied, intensely fruity, packed with apricot as well as citrus flavors. The toast element is as much a presence as a taste, giving the wine the possibility of aging. It’s too fresh now; drink from 2016.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2015)
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Granbazán 2013 Etiqueta Ambar Albariño (Rías Baixas)

  1. $24

Stony peach and mandarin orange aromas are touched up by a note of white licorice gumdrop on this well-cut, finesse-filled Albariño. In the mouth, an elegant dance ensues between minerality, lees notes and citric acidity. Flavors of apricot, peach and melon finish minerally and with a slow but steady fade. Drink through 2016.

 — M.S.  (4/1/2015)
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Provam 2013 Portal do Fidalgo Alvarinho (Vinho Verde)

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This is a great Alvarinho, full of ripe and creamy fruit that is so pure and crisp while bringing out a tight, mineral character. From the north of Vinho Verde, across the river from Spain, this shows the texture of the granite soil combined with the exceptional ripeness of the fruit. Age for a year, drink from the end of 2015.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
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