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2017 Albariño
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2017 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). Pure and vibrant, our 2017 vintage has lemon-lime aromas and crisp grapefruit flavors with a lovely note of minerality. 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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Vineyard
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. 2017 was a more typical, temperate growing season than recent years, resulting in healthy vines. Winter rains led to mild spring weather that brought good bloom. Warm temperatures in late July helped the grapes reach full ripeness. Record-breaking heat in early September caused Brix levels to jump, speeding up the harvest, but the weather soon cooled and harvest slowed to a more normal rate. Yields were light to average, with fruit showing high quality.
Winemaking
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
Vineyard
Scheid Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 13, 2017
Harvest Brix
20.5°
Appellation
Monterey
Alcohol %
12.5
pH
3.23
Aging
Stainless steel
Cases Produced
195
Bottling Date
March 13, 2018