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2021 Alvaro Cristobal Portugal Albariño

This fruit forward wine is crafted in a refreshing style with flavors of Honeydew, Nectarine, Lemon, Peach, and Apricot.

2021 Alvaro Cristobal Portugal Albariño
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Country: Portugal

Brand: Alvaro Cristobal

Varietal: Albarino

Vintage: 2021

Vinesse Price: $24.99

About This Wine:

In the late 1800s, a series of phylloxera outbreaks — vineyard infestations by leaf-loving insects — devastated wide expanses of grapevines in the northwestern corner of the Iberian peninsula, straddling the border between modern-day Portugal and Spain.

This necessitated the uprooting, cleaning and replanting of those vineyards. It was only then that the Albariño variety ascended from a blending grape to a star among the region’s single-variety white wines. It had been a long wait, since Albariño had been cultivated there since the times of the ancient Romans.

In Portugal, the variety typically is labeled with a slightly different spelling: Alvarinho. But Alvaro Cristobal opted for the more widely used and recognizable Albariño for its 2021 vintage. And what a vintage it turned out to be, producing a wine with perfect acidity, making it ideal for drinking chilled on a hot day. It’s hard to imagine a better outcome, post-phylloxera.

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