*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery for review.
I’m on a bit of an Albariño kick these days. We traveled North for Christmas this year to see my parents for the holidays in CT. In CT, lobster is $4.99 a pound. In VA, it’s $8.99 a pound if you can find it. And, you can almost never (read: it’s happened ONCE in the decade I’ve lived here) find steamers. We enjoyed this lobster and some steamers with the 2011 Bonny Doon Albariño. The wine clocks in at 13.2% alcohol by volume, has a screw cap closure, and retails for around $15.
Four takeaways from this wine:
1.) I could drink this all day, every day with steamers. Add in the lobster and I’m in heaven.
2.) The Bonny Doon Albariño is a super value at sub-$20. It easily makes my list of best white wines I tasted in 2012.
3.) I sort of feel bad for lobsters, but they can rest easy knowing they were paired with such an excellent match.
4.) It appears the 2011 is nearly sold out (or sold out) but be sure to keep an eye out for the 2012.
On the nose I found honeysuckle, tangerine, candied pineapple, lemon, lemongrass, and orange. The nose smelled tart and promised good things to come to help cut through the butter and rich lobster flavors. In the mouth I got lemon, lime, tangerine, orange blossom notes, more lime, and pineapple. The promise of the nose held true with excellent acidity and tart fruit flavors.