Laxas, Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain, 2019
TROPICAL AROMATICS, AWESOME MINERALITY, CRISP PEAR FINISH
Fresh, juicy, very dry, and full of minerally terroir, this Albariño from the Laxas (la-shas) winery is first class – produced from old vines in the more oceanic reaches of western Galicia. This white shows an Atlantic saline-like quality which renders it positively delicious with seafood, and the melon, pear, and mineral notes are almost like a meal in themselves. Finishing with impressive length, richness, and a bit of banana essence, this is serious Albariño for the money.
In Spain they would eat gooseneck barnacles, but here in the US we’re more than happy to pair this with nearly any great shellfish, especially mussels will be perfect.