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Bouza 2017 Albariño Tasting Notes + Linguine alle Vongole #WinePW #UruguayWine #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me in conjunction with the February #WinePW event.
Wine samples were provided for this post and this page may contain affiliate links.

Ahead of the Wine Pairing Weekend's focus on wines from Uruguay in February, I received four bottles of wine from Elixir Wine Group* out of Bend, Oregon. I received two bottles of Albariño and two bottles of Tannat from Bodega Bouza. While this is not my official pairing for #WinePW this month, I wanted to share this because it was delicious!

Bouza 2017 Albariño

The Notes
From my reading, this Albariño began as an experiment for Bodega Bouza. And it has ended up being one of the more popular bottlings! The Albariño  cuttings planted in the Melilla and Las Violetas vineyards originated in Rias Biaxas, Spain - from the rural family-owned plots of Bouza family relatives.

These were harvested on two days in February with a majority of the wine fermented in stainless steel tanks and just a bit in French oak barrels. Aged 4 months on the lees, these were bottled - unfiltered - in July.

A light straw color in the glass, you get bold tropical aromas early on that mellow to an almost floral note as the wine warms. On the tongue, the wine starts sweet and evolves to have a balanced acidity. It's delightful!


The Pairing
I matched the wine with Linguine alle Vongole. My version is creamy, but made a bit more complex with the licorice flavors in fresh fennel and a splash of Sambuca. Sweet, herbaceous, and citrus made this a great pairing. You can see my pasta recipe here.


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*Disclosure: I received sample wines for recipe development, pairing, and generating social media traction. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the organizer and sponsors of this event.

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