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El Furioso Albillo LabelWine Tasting Note: El Furioso Albillo, 2003, Castilla y Leon, Spain.
Oddbins exclusive £3.99.
Having spent the day slurping through dozens of Spanish wines at the annual trade tasting it seemed only right to continue the theme on into the evening. A cheap drop in Oddbins caught the eye; but one from a grape I haven't heard much off - Albillo. I don't actually recall seeing any such grape at the tasting so was interested in finding out more (yep, still going after a couple of pints of Brakspears at the Queens Head and a whole day tasting!).
Albillo is a work-a-day variety. Often used for table grapes it produces wines 'neutral in flavour' and can appear in the red of Ribera del Duero. Well the lowly price point was an indication that it was not going to be outstanding; but its not half bad actually. There is a high glycerol level that gives a weighty feel (and a touch of sweetness) in the mouth but the acidity keeps it clean and fresh. Apple and pear flavours with a herby twist meld into a gravely-textured fruity whole. It is not complicated but for a mid-week glugger with a bit of character and interest I think it ranks highly. 12.5% Alcohol.
Scribblings Rating - 88/100