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2016 Albariño
Tasting Notes

2016 Albariño

Originally thought to have been brought to the Iberian Peninsula during the 12th century by Cistercian monks, the name Alba-Riño means “from the Rhine”. Today, Albariño is widely planted in the northwestern part of Spain, the region of Galicia, as well as in the Portuguese Vinho Verde region where it is known as Alvarinho.  Foodies adore this most fashionable white grape variety, owing to its preternatural ability to pair with the salty and the spicy (think seafood tapas, ham, prosciutto, smoked salmon, Manchego cheese, capers and oysters). Our 2016 Albariño is pure and vibrant with lemon-lime aromas and flavors of ripe peaches and apricots. Fermented and aged in stainless steel to preserve freshness and varietal character, this aromatic white is expressive with mouthwatering acidity and layers of fruit. 

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Our half-acre of Albariño is planted on our namesake site, Scheid Vineyard. The Scheid, as it’s called, is located in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey and boasts one of the coolest and longest growing seasons in the state. In other words, a little slice of Albariño heaven, as the cool temps preserve the intense fruit flavors and natural acidity of this fruit. The 2016 growing season began with early budbreak initiated by warm spring temperatures. A relatively even growing season followed welcome winter rains that helped to alleviate the drought and refresh the soil, draining it of natural salts. Harvest was early as well, with a mostly average yield of exceptional quality fruit throughout Monterey County and the state. We celebrated our perfectly average yields following the very light crop of 2015. Even more so, we celebrated the excellent quality of 2016, as the fruit maintained beautiful flavor and balance.
The grapes were hand-picked and, upon arrival at the winery, whole-cluster pressed using a gentle membrane press. The juice was then cold settled before fermentation, allowing unnecessary solids to separate and sink to the bottom. This removal of excess pulp helps protect the yeast from being stressed and allows for a clean, happy fermentation. The juice was slowly fermented entirely in stainless steel at a very cold temperature to retain the aromatic floral components and enhance the fruit esters. The result is a delightful balance of fruity forwardness, crisp acidity and a full, round palate. Here at the winery, our Albariño is one of the first things we reach for when we need a crisp and flavorful easy-to-pair white wine.
Varietal Composition
100% Albariño
Scheid Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 9, 2016
Harvest Brix
Arroyo Seco
Alcohol %
Stainless Steel
Cases Produced
220 cases
Bottling Date
March 10, 2017