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Wine Tasting Video: Albarino from Rias Baixas April 21, 2011 at 8:07 am

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Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Albariño 2010, Rías Baixas, Spain (£7.99 Sainsbury’s)
Still young and showing the dolly mixture/dry dusty icing sugar edges of fermentation, but otherwise this is quite powerful wine, with tangy peach and apricot flavours and a rich but fresh finish. B(+)

Zarate Albariño 2010, Rías Baixas, Spain (£14-£16.50 Harvey Nichols, Artisan & Vine, Theatre of Wine, Bottle Apostle, Bacchanalia, Noel Young)
Delicate and poised wine, which with its touch of spritz and bracing briny character could pass for a high class Vinho Verde. Add in that peach apricot kernel fruit and the minerality (reminds me of soluble aspirin!) and you have an excellent young white. S

Castro Celta Albariño 2010, Rías Baixas (£11.50-12.75 Noel Young, Planet of the Grapes, Vagabond Wine, Quaff Fine Wine, The Good Wine Shop, Reserve Wines)
Fuller and fleshier than the Zarate, and not quite as fine-boned, but still packs in the floral apple and peach flavours, with a good balance between richness and freshness. S-

Eidos de Padriñán Albariño 2009, Rías Baixas (£13.95 Lea & Sandeman)
A year older, and the fresh peachy fruit has become a little more exotic, with mango and guava joining the mix, but there’s still the undercurrent of salty minerality, and the rich but lifted finish. S-

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