Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Morgadio 2013 Legado del Conde Albariño, Rias Baixas

This Albariño hails from Spain’s most celebrated white wine region. So why wasn’t I loving it?

The Spanish Connection

My recent trip to Spain was a blast. Upon my return, we invited some good friends over to enjoy some wine and listen to my tales of the trip. The Green Dragon might put it differently: “Force them to watch an unending slide show of my photos.”

In Spain, the eye-opener was the Albariño from Rias Baixas. This crisp yet flavorful wine was a delight – especially paired with local seafood.

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A Different Take On Albariño

I grabbed this bottle at Cork’s in Rossford for about $18. There were some less expensive offerings, but this looked very promising. At home we paired it with some shrimp appetizers.

If I hadn’t been sipping some superb Albariño in Spain, I might have loved the Legado. The Vionta Albariño I tasted at the winery had a more pronounced acidity and more complexity. By comparison, the Legado was a bit flat.

The Legado has minimal acidity and more rounded flavors. With a floral nose, it has a soft body and flavors of peach and apple. The wine is thoroughly drinkable, but I prefer more acidity to contrast with the fruit notes. Especially with seafood, the acid provides the balance to the palette of fish flavors.

The Verdict

Over the next several weeks I’ll be sampling a variety of Albariño from Rias Baixas. That will let me become better attuned to the different styles produced from this Spanish grape. Rias Baixas also has sub-districts with unique terroir.

This wine is a good choice for those who prefer softer wines without the bite of acidity. I like my Albariño untamed and this one missed the mark.

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