Albarino 2013

Albarino 2013

Winemaker Notes

*Library Selection*

We have made Albariño since 2001 from 100% estate grown fruit. This Galician style wine exhibits aromas and flavors of crisp green apple, pear, mango, and delicate apple blossom all carried on a frame that skirts the razors edge between creamy textures and steely minerality.

We recommend pairing this wine with steamer clams, lemon wedges and crusty bread.  Drink over the next 3 years; earlier if you seek crispness, later if you prefer greater complexity.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

Best of Class & Double Gold Medal, World of Wine Competition

Best of Class & Gold Medal, Pacific Rim Wine Competition

Excellent, Great Northwest Wine
"Andrew Wenzl continues to expand production of this racy Iberian white variety — first produced at Abacela in 2001 — with an increase of more than 400 cases over the prior vintage. Harvest came at 22.4 Brix and more than two weeks earlier than in 2012, yet the profile remains the same. The nose offers huge and tantalizing aromas of gooseberry, mango, dried apricot and lime. On the palate, it is presented as bone dry with a continued delivery of gooseberry, lime, lemon juice and starfruit. Its tingly profile should hold lots of appeal to those who appreciate brisk Sauvignon Blanc and Gruner Veltliner. Suggested pairings include a bowl of clams, lemon wedges and crusty bread or a plate of Manchego cheese, quince paste and crackers."

Silver Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Technical Notes

Fruit Source:  Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:   14, 25 September 2013
At harvest:  Sugar; 22.4° Brix   
Varietal Composition:  Albariño 100%
At bottling:  Sugar; nil    pH; 3.15   TA; 8.18 grams/liter 
Cooperage:  Stainless Steel 
Closure:  Screwcap
Bottling date:  27 February 2014
Alcohol:  13.2% by volume
Case Production:  1534 (750 mL)