I’ve been touting the white wines from the Rias Baixas (pronounced ree-ass by-shuss) region of Spain’s Galacia for years. The reasons are pretty simple.
The wines have developed side by side with the region’s native shellfish for hundreds of years – making it hard to find a better wine to pair with seafood. And secondly, the area’s really been isolated from the rest of Spain tucked right across the river from Portugal. That’s kept the wine prices far lower than wines of this quality would be from anywhere else in the world.
The press is starting to catch up so I don’t expect these wines to remain at these price points for much longer. But today’s Albarino takes it a step further – a hero among heroes.
The best part of Rias Baixas Albarino so far – is even as its popularity continues to rise – prices remain like Sancerre in the 90’s — still available in the ballpark of $15-25 dollars. It’s the kind of tremendous value that we see shrinking worldwide– especially as tariffs have hit many white wines.
92 Points (Wines That Taste like $50), James Suckling
A bright and delicious Albarino suggesting fresh herbs and yuzu. Full-bodied with a waxy core of preserved lemons, but the acidity is cutting and pure. So delicious to drink now.