Lot 654 | 2018 Spain
Spain's greatest white wine, straight from the historical birthplace of Albariño. Born of granitic, alluvial soils in the heart of Rías Baixas.
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Note - the 2018 vintage was bottled as Lot 654 (same # as the 2017) due to the govt shutdown in 2019 significantly impacting production schedules.
Lot 654 is born of granitic, alluvial soils a stone’s throw from the Ria de Arousa Estuary in the heart of the Salnés Valley of Rías Baixas, long known as the birthplace of Albariño and its greatest expression. Obviously I can’t name the producer, but they have some of the oldest plantings of Albariño in the region and you can be assured that the name is ubiquitous amongst Spanish sommeliers. Year after year, their Albariño has been rated 90+ by Galloni’s Vinous, Wine Enthusiast, and other top publications.
Lot 654 is their highest offering available in the US. Produced from some of the best free-run parcels and aged a few extra months on the lees, it's a terrific candidate for aging. Compare at $25.
Great value - good social drinking
Great fruit, nice salinity. This one goes down a treat and very smooth. Even a bit of caramel in there. Only downside was it went down so fast the morning was tough...but still worth it.
This Spanish white wine is of beautiful golden color in the glass. The aroma is of dried apricots and citrus with an equal part of minerality. The wine is dry, yet crisp with a hint of effervescence. We had this Albarino with asparagus, but it holds up just fine by itself.
Light and fruity with a nice crisp and clean taste to the finish.
Crisp and Clean
Surprisingly nice white wine. Floral with hints of grapefruit. Crisp and clean, balanced acid and soft oak finish. Light enough for an evening or patio but enough body for a meal. An all around good white wine to have on hand.
Great with salads and fried/grilled seafood
Heartier in body than we thought, but went great with smoked fish. More silky and floral than crisp.
My favorite white wine of all time from CH. Dry and light fruit flavors enhance any dish, but especially cheese and sausage. Perfect white wine for any occasion.
Awesome with spot prawns!
Recently served this with grilled spot prawns from the Monterey Bay fish market. Chermoula on the side. Crisp, with just the right amount of acidity and fruit. What a great match.
Such an approachable wine. Great with a light lunch. Floral, refreshing and delicious.
Unexpected gold color
I agree with Jami. This was not a typical Albarino in color or weight. However my wife the white wine aficionado still found it very likable, but bigger in body than what she would have expected.
Not the wine for me
To me, this wine has the mouthfeel and buttery nuances of a chardonnay. I prefer much lighter, crisper whites.