Rating 94 Points
Fresh black raspberry, hibiscus and sumac carry the nose of this expressive bottling, which gains complexity from an accent of fennel pollen. The snappy berry and plum-skin flavors meet with rose petals and cinnamon on the palate.
Hello everyone, I want to introduce to you our 2018 Albariño.
Albariño is a white wine grape grown in the Northwest part of Spain called Galicia. Albariño is the Indo-European word for the grape, whereas In Portugal it is called Alvarinho or Cainho Branco. This grape was often blended with Godello, Caiño, Loureiro, Arinto, or Treixadura up until 1985. Albariño began to be commonly made into a varietal wine in 1986 after the Rias Baixas DO was established. The AVAs in California that grow Albariño are: Santa Ynez Valley, Clarksburg, Napa, Edna Valley and Los Carneros.
We harvest our Albariño from Jespersen Ranch and Morro View Vineyards:
Jespersen Ranch – This vineyard is located 30 miles south of Paso Robles in the Edna Valley AVA. The first plantings of the vines were in 2006 and 2007, and an additional 31 acres were planted in 2012. This vineyard is part of the Niner Wine Estates. Since this vineyard is located 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean, it is heavily laid with fog a majority of the time.
Morro View Vineyards – This vineyard is also in the Edna Valley AVA, so its climate is similar to the one of Jespersen Ranch. This vineyard has steep slopes, promoting air drainage which is important for protecting against spring frosts.
Tasting notes of our 2018 Albariño:
It has a medium straw gold color, with distinctive aromas of lemon, apple and banana. You may also discover some hints of rose petal in the nose. It has an elegant texture with almost briny minerality, with fresh flavors on the palate comprising of Asian pear, green apple, and citrus.
Please come enjoy our 2018 Albariño at our tasting room!
Our VSP (Vertical Shoot Position) trellis system for our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sofia checking the progress of the vineyard.