Welcome to the first installment of what will also become a regular spot on this blog – Uncorked! This is where I will review new wines I’ve tried or just give you my thoughts on tried and true vintages I love. Â Please keep in mind that, while being a sommelier sounds like heaven to me, I have absolutely no training in this and have no “wine expert” credentials. Â But, I do know what I like and am continuously working on refining my palate. 🙂
Tonight’s Uncorked! varietal is the 2009 Nessa AlbariÃ±o
I picked it up because I wanted a Spanish white to go with the seafood paella I made yesterday. Â I was perusing the Spanish wine section of my local Harris Teeter and noticed that this one had been granted 88 points by The Wine Advocate, so I thought I’d give it a try.
As you can see, it has a lovely golden color. Â It looks beautiful and kind of bubbly in the glass, doesn’t it? Â It has a bouquet of apples and pears, is dry but not too dry, and has a light citrusy aftertaste. Â It was light enough that it didn’t compete with the heavy flavors of the paella. Â After making my notes for this post, I Googled this wine to see what other folks thought about it and how easily accessible it is. Â Check out commentary from The Wine Cellar here. Â I found a couple websites, such as LaTienda (a great site for all your Spanish cooking needs), that are selling it for ~$17-18. Â My Harris Teeter had it for $12. Â You can’t beat that!
All in all, I’d consider it a lovely, light, and crisp summer wine. Â Uncork a bottle yourself and see what you think. Â When you do, come back and tell me about it.