Albarino 2011

Albarino 2011

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Winemaker Notes

This wine exhibits aromas and flavors of crisp apples, pears, yellow peaches, lemon, kiwi, and delicate white flowers all carried on a frame that skirts the razors edge between creamy textures and steely minerality. Great with seafood, shellfish, hard cheeses, Spanish style tapas, and much more!

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

Platinum Medal, 2012 Platinum Judging (Wine Press Northwest)

Best of Class & Gold Medal, 2012 Pacific Rim Wine Competition

Gold Medal, 2013 SavorNW Wine Awards

Gold Medal, 2013 McMinnville Wine & Food Classic

Gold Medal, 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Editors' Choice & 89 points, Wine Enthusiast

Gold Medal, 2012 Sunset International Wine Competition

Outstanding!, Wine Press Northwest
"No one was producing Albariño commercially in the Pacific Northwest when Earl Jones released his first vintage in 2000. Eleven years later, no has yet to match Abacela’s skill or scale with this Galician variety. The nose screams of citrus with lemon and quince, backed by pineapple, starfruit, grassiness and some slate. Its hallmark is delicious tartness, akin to some Sauvignon Blanc, joined by flavors of gooseberry, Granny Smith apple, lime peel and slightly unripe passionfruit. It’s truly amazing how the fruit fights through all the acidity. Enjoy with fresh oysters, a wide variety of tapas, or a plate of sliced Manchego, quince paste and Graber olives. " "Albarino... summery new stars", San Francisco Chronicle

"Favorite USA Albarino", Bill St. John of the Chicago Tribune “My favorite USA Albariño 'cause you wouldn't know it wasn't Galician; gobs of scents and tastes of ripe Bosc pear, citrus, green apple and mineral; the new vintage, the 2011 Albariño, is equal in savor, just fresher" "Abacela’s Albariño 2011: Heaps of mouth-watering citrus and some whiffs of perfume all held together with a zippy mineral backbone; this is one of the best Albariños I’ve ever tasted. Pair it with fish, drink it alone, with friends, just drink it."

Value Pick, Oregon Wine Press
"Having made Albariño since 2000, Abacela owner Earl Jones knows what it’s all about. Intermingled fragrances of freshly mowed grass, straw, and thyme immediately draw you in. A tart, dry palate impression is balanced by lively acidity with tangy citrus and mineral notes."

Technical Notes

Fruit Source:  Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  18, 23 October 2011
Varietal Composition:  Albariño 100%
At harvest:  Sugar; 22.2° brix    pH; 3.06  TA; 11.2 grams/liter
Cooperage:  100% Stainless Steel
Closure:  Screwcap
Alcohol:  12.9% by volume
Case production: 1829 (750 mL)