I was looking through some past travel notes and came across my tasting notes from a trip to Spain in January 2006 with Importer, Eric Solomon. I had just had the pleasure of visiting the properties of three of my favorite white wines in all of Spain. While I was then enjoying tasting the 2004 & 2005 releases, we carry the new releases of all three now: Rafael Palacios As Sortes Val do Bibei Valdeorras 2009 ($39.99), La Conreria d’Scala Dei Les Brugueres Priorat Blanco 2010 ($29.99), and Pazo Seňorans Albarino 2010 ($21.99).
I was surprised at the similarities of my tasting notes five years apart. Scribbled in my wire-bound Memo notebook regarding the 2004 As Sortes, I had written “Piercing mineral aromas, gentle perfume, transparent (Chablis)? Chiseled texture. Long, classy.” The first vintage I tasted of La Conreria d’Scala Dei Les Brugueres Priorat Blanco was 2005. I wrote: “Wicked aromas, fresh, fragrant, fruity, citrus. Tremendous length, energy. A remarkable, single-varietal white wine (Grenache Blanc).” You could easily transpose those notes from those two prior vintages onto the current vintages, and they would be fairly accurate.
Consistently one of the finest Albarinos produced in Spain is Pazo Señorans from a beautiful, family-owned estate with incredible history. Jay Miller of the Wine Advocate writes: “The 2010 Albarino (93 points) was aged in small stainless steel vats sur lie with batonnage for 4 months. Jasmine, mineral, lemon zest, and other citrus notes inform the nose of this multi-dimensional, already complex white. On the palate tropical flavors emerge adding to the wine’s pleasure quotient. Drink this superb effort over the next 3-4 years. As usual, Pazo de Señorans has made one of the finest Albarinos of the vintage.”