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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Anselmo Mendes 2013 Curtimenta Alvarinho (Vinho Verde)

Unusual for Vinho Verde, this wine was aged in wood for nine months, resulting in a rich, full-bodied character. It’s ripe, full of yellow fruits and crisp pear flavors, shot through with lemon acidity. What it potentially lacks in freshness it makes up for in intensity and depth of flavor. Drink from 2016.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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Anselmo Mendes 2012 Parcella Unica Alvarinho (Vinho Verde)

Produced from a single parcel in the family vineyard, this wine shows concentration and density. It has a tense structure that is softened by wood aging, resulting in a fine balance between the natural fresh acidity of the fruit and a smooth character. Abundant in ripe yellow and citrus fruits, this is ready to drink now.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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Provam 2012 Vinha Antiga Escolha Alvarinho (Vinho Verde)

This is no ordinary Vinho Verde. With its rich Alvarinho flavors, it is a wine that can be aged. The mouthfeel is full in green plum and ripe apricot flavors, and textured by a great swathe of fresh, tangy citrus. It can be drunk now, although it will be better from 2016.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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Longoria 2005 Clover Creek Vineyard Albariño (Santa Ynez Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  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)
92
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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)
92
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Tangent 2009 Paragon Vineyard Albariño (Edna Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  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)
92
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Aveleda 2009 Alvarinho (Minho)

  • Best Buy
  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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