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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 Reserva
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2011 Albariño Reserva

Technical Details

100% Albariño

Vineyard Sources:
100% Clover Creek Vineyard

Production: 31 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.2%
pH: 3.24
Titratable acidity: .72 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: One to two years
Bottle price: $28

During our tour of the Galician wine regions of Ribera Sacra and Rias Baixas in 2011, I encountered several Albariño winemakers who were experimenting with barrel fermented and aged Albariño. Inspired by the wines I tasted, I decided to produce one barrel of Albariño Reserva from the 2011 vintage.

The grapes were harvested on September 21st at an average of 22.3 Brix. Instead of pressing the whole clusters and transferring the juice to a tank for settling, the grapes for the Reserva lot were destemmed and crushed into a small bin to soak with the skins.  After soaking for 17 hours the grapes were pressed off and the juice transferred to a French oak barrel for fermentation which lasted 12 days.  The wine aged in a French oak barrel for nine months before being bottled in August 2012.

The wine has a light golden straw color. The aromas are an intriguing blend of jasmine blossoms, corn bread and custard. On the palate, the wine has a combination of custard and caramel flavors with grapefruit on the finish. A subtle lingering finish of cinnamon and caramel has developed in the six months since being bottled.

Serve this wine well chilled with poached cod, mussels, scallops and poultry dishes.

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