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.
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"Light yellow. Mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit scents are complemented by suggestions of jasmine, vanilla and fennel. Palate-caressing Meyer lemon, pear and honeysuckle flavors are braced by a chalky mineral quality that builds with air. Shows very good depth as well as delicacy and finishes with zesty, minerally cut and floral-accented persistence. This wine was raised for five months in oak barrels, 10% of them new."
- Josh Raynolds, November 2019
"The wine geek in me is always on the search for American Albariños. The 2018 Morgan is as good as it gets. This wine is fresh, crisp, and pleasingly textured. Its powerful aromas of tangy fruit and mineral should pair it nicely with egg-battered, pan-fried sand dabs" - Wilfred Wong, August 2019