Albarino is a white grape traditionally grown in Spain and Portugal. In California, it has been gaining in popularity as a refreshing, crisp, and fragrant “alternative” varietal. It is well- suited to growing in moderate to warm climates and produces a delicious accompaniment to Mediterranean cuisine.
Vineyards in Arroyo Seco are subject to strong afternoon winds and 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 grapes were hand-picked and whole cluster pressed to stainless steel tanks for a cool fermentation. This retained the freshness and bright fruit flavors. After fermentation, the wine was barrel aged for five months in French oak, of which 10% was new.
The 2018 Albarino displays a beautiful straw color with aromas of key lime, citrus blossom, and passion fruit. On the palate, these elements are joined by flavors of lemon and lime. This is a medium bodied white which is delicious as an aperitif, or paired with your favorite fresh shellfish or pasta puttanesca.
A History of Acclaim
2018 vintage: 90 Points - Vinous
2017 vintage: 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2016 vintage: To be reviewed
2015 vintage: 91 Points / Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast