Albarín, also known as Verdín Blanco and Raposo, is a rare light-skinned grape variety native of the northern of Spain in Asturias (Cangas of Narcea), and León, specifically, in the Apellation of Origin Tierra de León. Although thought by many to be the same variety as Albariño (Alvarinho), the two similarly named varieties are genetically distinct.
The aroma profile of Albarin wines falls somewhere between that of its cousin Albariño and that of Gewurztraminer. Often include references to ripe limes, lychee, mint, fig and orange. This is inevitably affected by winemaking style, however. It should be noted that some of the finest Albarin wines are subjected to malolactic fermentation, extended lees contact and barrel aging, to create broader, richer, fuller-bodied styles.
Albarin is used to produce both varietal wines and blended wines, in which its most common partner is Verdejo. Also is characterized by its early maturity and sweet flavor. Easily reaches 14 degrees, keeping fresh acidity.
Traditionally it has been used for the production of young wines but currently has excellent results for its aging in oak barrels.
A straw yellow colour wine with green reflections. On the nose is intense and there are predominate fruity notes, often include references to ripe limes, lychee, mint, orange and touches of vegetables and floral aromas, typical of the Albarín grape and inevitably affected by winemaking style. In the mouth it is fresh, balanced acidity, fruity, with considerable body and persistent palate.
Bunch: average length 11 cm.
Berries: elliptical shape, intense green and bright-yellow color. The pulp is juicy, slightly colored and flavored Muscat. Most berries take one or two seeds and the average weight of these is 0,028 gr.
Leaf: medium density of hairs lying, weak or very weak pigmentation forming a rim around the edge of the limb. The mature leaf has pentagonal shape, with the V-shaped on base.