Bodegas Dom Bardo is located in the Pontevedra province in the Rias Baixas section of Spain.
The winery is owned by a cooperative of several vineyards and produces only one white wine.
The 2008 Dom Bardo Albarino was 100% Albarino and was aged in stainless steel vats (I wish I’d know that prior to purchase!).
I was looking for a new white to cook with (and to sip while cooking, of course) and this Albarino caught my eye. In hindsight, I wish it hadn’t.
The color of the wine was a striking straw gold.
This was definitely a light wine. It was fruity, but not sweet at all. Crisp, but not overly dry. Apple and citrus were the most notable flavors on the palate.
Then came the finish, it was very short, abruptly accompanied by bitterness (anise?). I took another sip to see if I warmed up to the wine. I didn’t. It was okay in the mouth, but the sharp bitterness kept coming back to bite me.
I was going to say this wine just was not my style, not necessarily a bad bottle. Then, I thought about it. I have had and enjoyed other Albarinos in the past. But, this wine… I would not buy it again. I would not serve it to a guest. I would not recommend it for anyone looking for an Albarino. Sometimes a bad bottle of wine is just a bad bottle of wine.
The 2008 Dom Bardo Albarino cost $17.00. There are many better options available near that price range. My search continues.