Ninety percent of wines produced in Rías Baixas are from the Albariño grape. But, sparkling Albariño is relatively new, and approximately only 10 estates in Rías Baixas currently produce sparkling Albariño.
Although produced similarly to champagne, Albarino spends only 9 months on the lees in steel tanks before bottling. The similarities to Cava and Champagne are minimal, and producers intend to keep it that way.
I recently had the opportunity to taste the Bodegas As Laxas Sensum NV (Sparkling Albariño), and felt the wine is noteworthy.
My Tasting Notes
Straw yellow in color with small and refined bubbles. On the nose, citrus, and toast. Apple and stone fruits notes give way to notable mineral and citrus peel on the palate, zippy acids, with a smooth, toasted nutty finish. This wine is fresh and crisp, offering so many elevated flavors hence, it keeps you desiring more – my glass is empty.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Clear, with a yellow color as the citric fruits, with green reflections. Fine bubble and with a persistent thread. Biscuit, cake, nuts and honey aromas. In the mouth, wide, elegant, feeling the presence of small and fine bubbles, remembering the biscuit taste again becoming to sweet. Long and persistent.
Albariño is native to Spain’s Galicia region.
Hope you enjoyed my review.