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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2011 Albariño
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2011 Albariño

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Albariño

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creek Vineyard

Production: 119 cases
Alcohol by volume: 12.5%
pH: 3.17
Titratable acidity: 0.66 g/100 mL
Cellaring potential: One to two years
Bottle price: $23

We are pleased to release another outstanding vintage of what some critics have claimed to be one of the finest examples of domestic Albariño produced.

The 2011 harvest was characterized with very mild temperatures for the majority of the season, which is ideal for the slow maturation of grapes. Mild temperatures afford winemakers the luxury of fine tuning the time of harvest. I took full advantage of this by patiently waiting for the right time to pick the Albariño grapes at Clover Creek Vineyard. They were harvested on September 21st with a sugar content of 22.3 Brix. The grapes were whole cluster pressed and the juice was settled for 24 hours before being racked to another stainless steel fermenter. After inoculation with a commercial yeast strain, the fermentation commenced at an average temperature of 60°F. This cool temperature helped to preserve the delicate aromas of the grape. Fermentation lasted 50 days and the wine was then racked to another tank to settle and age before being bottled in March 2012.

The wine has a medium gold color with a hint of light green around the edges. It has the distinctive varietal aromas of kiwi and green apple with a hint of meringue. On the palate the wine is light to medium bodied with flavors of pear and grapefruit. With additional aging in the bottle, the wine will develop fuller flavors and viscosity. True to its varietal pedigree, the wine has tremendous natural acidity which makes it a wonderful accompaniment to oysters, mussels, clams, squid and fish of all varieties. This will be a great wine to enjoy with summer meals.

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