Bodegas del Palacio is located in the town of Cambados in the Rias Baixas region of Spain. The winery produces three white wines using the Albariño variety, as well as orujo, a Spanish liqueur.
The 2010 Albariño de Fefiñanes was 100% Albariño. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks. The labeled ABV was 13%.
In the midst of my research into the Albariño variety, I came across a timely blog post by David Lincoln Ross on his visit to Bodega del Palacio de Fefiñanes in Galacia. On the basis of his comments, I set upon a search for the winery’s product.
I was able to locate the 2010 Albariño de Fefiñanes. This turned out to be a good thing. In fact, I need to find some more of these.
The wine was chilled prior to consumption.
The nose was full of stone fruit, pear and peaches, along with citrus and banana. Yes, banana. I had never come across that before. The aromas were all quite cohesive.
On the palate, peach was at the forefront. It was prominent, but not overpowering. Along with the peach, there were pear, almonds, and a hint of clove. The spice was ever so subtle. Similar to the nose, everything blended together beautifully. The overall mouthfeel was light and crisp.
The wine had a fantastic finish. It was fairly long with lingering peach. The sensation was almost buttery. Melt in your mouth type buttery.
This wine would be a great accompaniment to a light fish entrée or raw shellfish (no, I still didn’t have any!). It is very, light and would not go well with a hearty dish (ie. red meat dishes, tomato-based sauces, etc).
The 2010 Bodega del Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño retails around $20. That is definitely the upper end of the Albariño price range, but I believe it is worth it. This wine was a very, pleasant surprise. As much as I did enjoy the La Cana Albarino, the Fefiñanes Albariño is now my official favorite (but La Cana is number two!). I would highly recommend Albariño de Fefiñanes to anyone venturing into the world of Albariño.