The fruit for this Morgan release is sourced from the Mission Ranch vineyard in the Arroyo Seco appellation. Located on the west side of the Salinas Valley, Arroyo Seco (meaning ‘dry river’) is uniquely characterized by an ancient riverbed surrounded by alluvial benchlands. Well-drained, stone-laden soil and cool coastal influence from nearby Monterey Bay yield grapes with concentrated flavor and balanced acidity.
Traditionally grown in Spain and Portugal, albarino has been gaining in popularity in California as a refreshing, crisp, and fragrant “alternative” varietal.
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 five months in French oak, of which 13% was new.
The 2021 Albarino displays a beautiful straw color with aromas of pineapple followed by hints of bananna and mango blossom. On the palate, these elements are joined by flavors of key lime and white peach. This is a medium-light bodied white that’s delicious as an aperitif or paired with your favorite fresh shellfish.
"Very clean and even crystalline aromas of tightly wound peach and pineapple make for tropical and fresh notes on this bottling. The palate shows a zesty tension immediately, with bright acidity cutting through lime, green papaya and underripe pluot flavors." - Matt Kettmann, November 2022
"Albariño continues to make inroads in the Golden State, with more and more locations coming on line each year. Morgan has been producing this offering for a few vintages now, and vine maturity is becoming evident. The choice of a little new oak aging in the mix shows another facet of what the variety can do, here adding a creamy texture at palate entry without sacrificing the fresh character you would expect. Nectarine, Meyer lemon, pear and wet stone are the main players, with a touch of lime zest in the finish adding lift and length. Nice!" - Rich Cook, August 2022
"Aged for 5 months in French oak barrels with 13% being new. Dried papaya, and tropical fruit notes, along with lemon curd, white nectarine, honeydew melon, and some sweet baking spices. Elevated acidity, a medium body, and a lengthy fruit-forward palate are all present on the lengthy finish." - Jeremy Young, June 2022