The vineyards of Bodegas La Cana are located in the town of Ribadumia, in the province of Pontevedra, Spain. The vineyards are at the northern part of the Rias Baixas region.
The 2010 La Cana Albarino was 100% Albarino. The wine was aged in a combination of stainless steel tanks (80%) and French oak barrels (20%) for 6 months. The label listed ABV was 12%.
I have been on a search for my ideal Albarino. Previously, I had tasted Albarinos from Dom Bardo and Martin Codax. In his comments on my Dom Bardo post, a fellow wine blogger, Anatoli Levine of Talk-A-Vino (you should really go visit his blog, if you haven’t already) recommended La Cana to me.
I diligently set out to procure a bottle.
Prior to tasting, the wine was chilled.
The primary aromas from the glass were citrus and apple. The aromas were crisp and well developed.
Taking a sip, I found the same citrus and apple, but there were a lot more flavors than just those two. Pear was prominent and there was something else. It was hard to nail down, in the background, so subtle. Vanilla mixing with the fruit, no, it was spice.
The wine was light and flavorful in the mouth. Crisp and fruity, but no sweetness at all. It was pretty enjoyable. The finish was pleasant, bringing pear with it.
This wine cried out for seafood. It would go beautifully with some raw shellfish (I didn’t have any! I really need to plan these things better.).
The 2010 La Cana Albarino cost $14. It is a great buy at that price. I would definitely drink this wine again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice Albarino. Thank you, Anatoli!