2020 Albarín Blanco

Bodega y Viñedos Pardevalles

This rare native grape is the underdog of white wines in Spain. It bursts with aromatic white flowers and stone fruits like apricots and peaches. This is a wine that seriously overdelivers for its price.

This combination does not exist.


About this Wine
  • Type: White Wine
  • Country: España
  • Region: D.O. León
  • Vintage: 2020
  • Alcohol: 13.5 %
  • Bottle Size: 750 ml
  • Case Size: 12 bottles


  • How it's Made
  • Grapes: Albarín
  • Aging: No aging- a young, vibrant wine!
  • Farming Practice: Sustainably Farmed
  • Number of Cases Produced: 3,300


  • Serving Tips

    Serve chilled. This striking white wine is great to drink on its own. It also pairs nicely with fish and fresh vegetable dishes.


    Tasting Notes

    This underdog of Spanish white wines packs a punch. White flowers and ripe apricots burst out of the glass before striking acidity and fresh peaches explode over your palate. This is a white wine that hits way above its weight in terms of quality for price. As Hugo Alonso, the third-generation winemaker at Pardevalles says, the 2020 vintage “is just spectacular.”




    Location


    Bodega y Viñedos Pardevalles León (ES), España

    Reviews & Ratings


    Serve chilled. This striking white wine is great to drink on its own. It also pairs nicely with fish and fresh vegetable dishes.

    About this Wine


    2020 Albarín Blanco

    About 25 years ago Rafael, one of the brothers behind Pardevalles, discovered a handful vines of Albarín on land he had inherited from his great-grandfather. At the time no one was making Albarín wines and Rafael decided to risk it with a completely unknown grape. He slowly started reproducing his Albarin vines and eventually, 12 years and 300 vines later, he brought his first bottle of Albarín to the market.

    Today, Pardevalles is the largest producer of Albarín in the world. Their 25 acres of Albarín vines are grown on trellises and machined harvested at night in order to collect the grapes when they are at their coolest. The grapes spend 24-36 hours in contact with their skins before the must is drained away. The skins are never pressed. In fact, Pardevalles doesn’t even own a press! They make all of their wines using only free-run juice.

    This Albarín ferments in cement for about 15 days before being transferred to stainless steel tanks. Here it will rest on its lees until bottling, which began in December 2020. While most of Pardevalles’s wines are only sold locally, global demand for Albarín has skyrocketed in recent years. More than 30 countries now compete for the mere 40,000 bottles of Albarín that Pardevalles can produce each year.

    Bodega y Viñedos Pardevalles
    León (ES), España

    For hundreds of years the Alonso family has been tending the vineyards outside the village of Valdevimbre, just south of León in northwestern Spain. Any time you see a wine made from Albarín, a little-known and nearly extinct white grape, you have them to thank. It was Pardevalles who rescued this ancient grape from the brink of extinction!

    Today, Hugo, Rafa, Victor and Andres, the grandchildren of the winery’s founder Jose Rafael Alonso, are at the helm of Pardevalles. These third-generation winemakers champion native grape varieties and sustainable viticulture while staying true to the centuries of winemaking tradition that runs in their family. Prieto Picudo and Albarín Blanco, a red and white variety respectively that are native to this part of Spain, are the only two grape varieties that the Alonso family grows.

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