Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Finca de Arantei Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain, 2005 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Today we'll be sampling a well-aged (perhaps over-aged) white varietal, albarino, this one hailing from Spain.

Original tasting and review : This is Finca de Arantei Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain, 2005, finished at 12.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Light honey.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows light hay, light butterscotch and light funk.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and unusual.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fresh and full with both bright, lemony acids and clean hard butterscotch candy.  Fresh, sweet and fully-aged.  Very drinkable. Finish that lingers with some sweet acids in your cheeks, then settles and finishes very clean.  Remarkable longevity.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for complexity on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good value.

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