Albarino is a white grape traditionally grown in Spain and Portugal. In California, it has gained popularity as a refreshing, crisp, and fragrant wine. It is well-suited to growing in cool to moderate climates and produces a delicious accompaniment to Mediterranean cuisine.
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 were hand-picked and whole cluster pressed to stainless steel tanks for a cool fermentation, retaining freshness and bright fruit flavors. After fermentation, the wine was barrel aged for six months in French and Hungarian oak, of which 11% was new.
The 2019 Albarino displays a beautiful straw color with aromas of limeade, guava, and white peach, followed by hints of wet stone and eucalyptus. On the palate, these elements are joined by flavors of citrus and tropical fruits. This is a medium-light bodied white which is delicious as an aperitif or paired with your favorite fresh shellfish.
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"Crisp, bright and aromatic, juicy and silky with racy acidity and a backdrop of smooth, rich flavors; fresh, charming and another fine product from this outstanding producer." - Anthony Dias Blue, December 2020