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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.

2015 Albariño
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2015 Albariño

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Albariño

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

Production: 70 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.3%
pH: 3.29
Titratable acidity: 0.75g/100ml
Cellaring potential: One to two years
Bottle price: $$25

 

Inspiration
I discovered this rare Spanish white grape during a family vacation to Spain in the
mid-1990s. Upon returning, I was fortunate to be able to secure a small plot of
Albariño at Clover Creek Vineyard. Our first vintage was in 2004.
The Harvest
Another warm growing season, coupled with vines stressed from four years of
drought, resulted in an early harvest date of August 19th and a very low crop
yield. Our production was about 70% less than in 2014. The grapes were
harvested with a sugar content of 22 Brix and excellent acidity.
Winemaking
The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the juice settled overnight before
being racked to a stainless steel tank for fermentation. The juice was coldfermented
at an average temperature of 60° F. This cool fermentation helped
preserve the grapes’ delicate aromatics. The wine aged in a stainless steel tank
and was bottled in January 2016.
The Wine
The wine has a medium golden straw color. The complex aromas are of flower
blossoms, pears and strawberry puree. On the palate the wine is medium bodied
with full expansive flavors of apricots and crème anglaise, which evolve into a
briny, salty sensation. The racy acidity, which is a hallmark of well-made Albariño,
gives the wine a very long, lingering finish.
Food Pairings
This wine will pair well with a variety of seafood including oysters, crab and
traditional Pulpo Gallego – octopus with paprika.
Rick Longoria,

Inspiration
I discovered this rare Spanish white grape during a family vacation to Spain in the mid-1990s. Upon returning, I was fortunate to be able to secure a small plot of Albariño at Clover Creek Vineyard. Our first vintage was in 2004.

The Harvest
Another warm growing season, coupled with vines stressed from four years of drought, resulted in an early harvest date of August 19th and a very low crop yield. Our production was about 70% less than in 2014. The grapes were harvested with a sugar content of 22 Brix and excellent acidity.

Winemaking

 The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the juice settled overnight before being racked to a stainless steel tank for fermentation. The juice was cold fermented at an average temperature of 60° F. This cool fermentation helped preserve the grapes’ delicate aromatics. The wine aged in a stainless steel tank and was bottled in January 2016.

The Wine
The wine has a medium golden straw color. The complex aromas are of flower blossoms, pears and strawberry puree. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with full expansive flavors of apricots and crème anglaise, which evolve into a briny, salty sensation. The racy acidity, which is a hallmark of well-made Albariño, gives the wine a very long, lingering finish.

Food Pairings
This wine will pair well with a variety of seafood including oysters, crab and traditional Pulpo Gallego – octopus with paprika.

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