A standout among a recent tasting through ten bottles of ’15 and ’16 Albariño, this wine likely benefited from nonconformity, offering riper, rounder flavor in a sea of austerity. Those who relish Albariño’s unrelenting acidic assault may in fact miss that here, though there’s certainly no dearth of vibrancy. In addition, there’s a compelling savory aspect – rocks moistened by sea spray, alongside a hint of bitter citrus pith – that pervades both the aroma and palate and balances the tropical-style fruit. When a fellow taster called out the similarity to Juicy Fruit gum, of course, I could taste little else. Recommended.

WHO: Pazo Señorans
WHAT: Albariño
WHERE: Rias Baixas, Spain
HOW MUCH: $25 (media sample)

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Mike Madaio is founder of Undiscovered Italy, an independent website focused on wine & food from lesser-known regions and producers. His writing has also appeared in publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Edible Philly, and Philly Beer Scene, and he has achieved Core Certification from the National Wine School.

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