Albarino is a white grape traditionally grown in Spain and Portugal. In California, it has been gaining in popularity as a refreshing, crisp, fragrant “alternative” varietal. It is well suited to growing in moderate to warm climates and produces a delicious accompaniment to Mediterranean cuisine.
Vineyards in the Arroyo Seco are subject to strong afternoon winds and evening to early morning fog. These cooling influences create one of the longest growing seasons in
North America, yielding grapes with fully developed flavors and bright acidity. The fruit for this Morgan release is sourced from the Mission Ranch vineyard in the Arroyo seco AVA. Here daytime temperatures reach the mid to upper 80’s but are mitigated by fog and wind drawn south from Monterey Bay. The moderate days and cool evenings extend the growing season, resulting in fruit of superior flavor and balance.
The grapes arrived at the winery in great condition and were hand sorted, before being gently pressed to stainless steel tanks for a cool fermentation. This retains the natural acidity and ripe fruit flavors. After fermentation, the wine was barrel aged for five months in French oak, of which 10% were new.
The 2016 Albarino displays a beautiful straw color with aromas of quince, jasmine, and peach. On the palate, these elements are joined by juicy flavors of Meyer lemon, key lime, and honeydew. This is a medium bodied white which is delicious by itself as an aperitif or for pairng with your favorite pasta, seafood, or grilled chicken dish.
A History of Acclaim
2016 vintage: To be reviewed
2015 vintage: 91 Points / Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast