Cantaloupe, almond candy and orange blossom make for a sweet nose. The palate seems too close to orange juice and tangerine than the apple and peach that best defines Rías Baixas. But for anyone who likes fresh, pulpy juice, it tastes perfectly good.
A strong, blunt and fairly appealing wine with cola/root beer aromas along with tobacco and raisin on the nose. The palate is driving and lively, with a mix of berry, coffee and resiny flavors sharing center stage. It’s a tad rough and unfamiliar, but that’s Utiel-Requena boiled down to its essence.
Full in color and size, with round aromas. The base grape is Bobal, a rubbery, lively variety that when made into a rosado yields melon, nectarine and berry flavors. It's also kind of hard, rubbery and pithy. Requires some getting used to.
Stylistically and individually, this is not what this critic is looking for in Albariño. The wine is moderately but noticeably oaked, and seeing that it dates from 2003, it has aged to the point that there’s butterscotch and canned-corn aromas reminiscent of warm-climate Chardonnay. Lots of vanilla and butterscotch work the finish, and the acidity seems forced. Not…
Nearly the color of Sherry, this is pure burnished gold, which announces oxidation and/or some heavy oaking. Aromas of butterscotch and baked apples are momentarily intriguing, but in the mouth the wine is lean and acidic, with a fiery quality. Safe to say this is not the Albariño most of us are seeking.
Soft aromatically, with notes of pear, vanilla and banana. Surprisingly, the palate is short and tart, with sharp citrus and pineapple flavors. Entirely basic and lacking punch. Already seems to be in decline and it’s brand new.