Albarino 2014

Albarino 2014

Winemaker Notes

*Library Selection*

Albariño is a delicate Spanish white grape that ripens gracefully in our estate vineyards. It produces an assertive, dry wine characterized by beautiful floral and citrus aromas with flavors of pear, apple and citrus. The finish is mouth coating with refreshing acidity.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

Platinum, Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
"This winery near Roseburg, Ore., was among the first in the Pacific Northwest to focus on Albariño, a sleek, bright Spanish white variety, and continues to produce one of the best. Aromas of green apple and pineapple lead to flavors Asian pear, lemongrass and citrus."

92 points, Richard Jennings,
"Light yellow color; mineral, tart citrus, lime nose; tasty lime, mineral, citrus palate with refreshing medium acidity; medium-plus finish."

Outstanding!, Great Northwest Wine
"Fanfare for this Iberian white continues to grow along the West Coast, as does winemaker Andrew Wenzl’s production. Since 2006, they’ve tripled the bottlings from their Fault Line Vineyards, which were picked for this wine during the third week of September last year. It’s been in bottle for three months, so it’s beginning to really shine in time for summertime fare. Clean and bright aromas offer hints of fresh-cut Gala apple, Rainier cherry, quince paste, orange zest and sweet herbs. Bracing acidity arrives early and stays late, bring succulent flavors of Asian pear, Granny Smith apple, lime zest, river rock and lemon peel. It’s an ideal wine for crab and/or scallops."

Gold Medal, Oregon Wine Experience

Gold Medal, 6 Nations Wine Challenge

Silver Medal, Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Silver Medal, Sunset International Wine Competition
Silver Medal, Great Northwest Wine Competition
Wine of the Week, Wine Press Northwest +
8 Excellent Oregon Varieties That Aren’t Pinot Noir,  by the Wine Enthusiast
#1 Albariño; "Northwest Spain and Portugal's native grape, Albariño, in Oregon results in a fruitier wine than a typical Rías Baixas version. The best examples also show appealing minerality and crisp, ultrafresh flavors of celery, jicama, cucumber and a dash of daikon radish. Abacela, the Umpqua winery that pioneered Tempranillo in Oregon, has perfect Albariño, keeping alcohol levels low and acidity high." 

Technical Notes

Fruit Source:  Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:   17, 21, 23 September 2014
At harvest:  Sugar; 22.0° Brix   pH; 3.30   TA; 7.37 grams/liter
Varietal Composition:  Albariño 100%
At bottling:  Sugar; nil 
Cooperage:  Stainless Steel
Closure:  Stelvin Lux Plus Screwcap
Bottling date:  25 February 2015
Alcohol:  13.2% by volume
Case Production:  1758 (750 mL)