After a long delay (sorry folks), Uncork This returns – and we can’t think of a better comeback wine than this gem of an Albariño from Pazos de Lusco. We can blame part of our absence on our recent tour through northern Spain, including a stop in Rias Baixas – the home of most of the world’s great Albariños – in Spain’s autonomous region of Galicia. While there was lots to love about Galicia (including the exquisite white wines of Rias Baixas and some stunning reds from the much lesser known Ribeira Sacra), one of the standout memories from our time in Galicia was the sight of a city bus painted top to bottom with a Lusco ad on our first day in Vigo. There is something inherently great about any place that features something as great as this wine on their civic buses – not adds for cell phones or energy drinks, but a wonderful and delicious local wine. It was a statement that said, “this is a city that cares about wine; a city that knows good wine and we won’t be sold anything else”. Our kind of place.
We drank a lot of excellent Albariños on the trip, some young, some old, some oaked, all delicious and memorable wines. The Lusco was no exception. This bottle had a few years of bottle age on it, but was still relatively young compared to many that we tried. On the nose it showed notes of honey suckle and pineapple. Well balanced, with still very crisp acidity. Notes of apricot, peach and a minerally streak on the palate with a long finish of lemon zest. We had this with grilled salmon, but this one would be great on its own on a warm summer night with El Guincho’s Alegranza for a real taste of Spain.
If you see it around the Lusco Albariño’s little brother the Lusco Albariño Zios is also well with picking up as it is also quite impressive for a few bucks less.
Watch for a more reviews of some of the wines tasted on our travels over the next few weeks.
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