Granbazan, Rias Biaxas Albariño Verde (2014)

A pleasant pale yellow with a tint of green. Initial aromas of melon, lemon zest, and wood—a result of aging on lees, not oak. A nice, velvety texture on first sip; bright but balanced by a fuller body than expected. Flavors match the nose, with additional hints of hay, green apple, and honeysuckle. Look for a widely-acknowledged salty sea-air finish. Drinks like a lightly oaked Chardonnay with fruit flavors reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc. An unexpected delight!