Albarino, best known in Spain, is not as fragrant a grape as Viognier, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. But it makes up for the light nose with an acidity and minerality that is hard to beat. And Dancing Coyote Winery’s Albarino is the one that introduced us to this light and tasty wine. Michael stumbled across a bottle a couple years ago and we’ve been sold on it ever since.
The 2009 Albarino has the traditional light citrus scent. The flavor is also light, with a little dry fruit, like melon without the cloying sweetness. However, it does lack the minerality that we had in some of the earlier vintages – this may be a plus for you, it may not. It’s still a terrific food wine that fills the hole left behind after too many chards and sauv blancs. A modest 13 percent alcohol makes it easy to enjoy at any meal.
Check out the winery’s website at www.dancingcoyotewines.com