Tucked away in Northwest Spain is a small area known as Rias Baixas, an exciting white wine made from the Albarino grape is being produced. The climate in Rias Baixas is the coolest and dampest in all of Spain, which is influenced by the winds coming off of the Atlantic Ocean. Just 10 years ago this area had only 60 wineries, the region now has well over 200 wineries. The Albarino grape variety thrives in this environment, and makes wines that are high in acidity.
Martin Codax Winery produces a very good Albarino which I was able to sample recently. The color of this unoaked white wine was a vibrant yellow/gold. On the nose were hints of floral, pears, golden delicious apples, apricots, peaches, and minerality. On the palate the floral notes were present, with pears, apples, and peaches, and a faint hint of slate. This was a wonderful, easy drinking wine with good acidity.
I paired this wine with a Harvest Chicken Pot Pie, and this wine complimented the Pot Pie very well. For more information regarding this recipe, please go to recipEats.net