Albariño 2006

Claret 2004

Awards, Ratings and Reviews

Gold Medal, Wine Press Northwest's Platinum Judging
"...killer southern Oregon Albariño" - Chef Mario Batali more...
Wine of the Week, Wine Press Northwest
Gold Medal, 2007 Northwest Wine Summit
Outstanding!, Northwest Wine Press, Summer 2007
Silver Medal, 2007 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Recommended, Northwest Palate, May/June 2007)

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By Chuck Hil, WinesNW.com March 31, 2007

Abacela 2006 Albariño - This wine is just being released and will no doubt prove to be very popular. Your nose will detect intriguing aromas of lemongrass, stone fruits and citrus with hints of apple blossom and tropical fruits. The palate is impeccably balanced with rich flavors of pear and pineapple, finishing with notes of grapefruit and flinty mineral. Abacela's Albarino should be on everyone's list of top shelf oyster wines.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

As our newest block comes into production we find ourselves ever more captivated by this unmistakably noble Iberian varietal.

In 2006 we harvested our finest crop ever. This vintage is remarkable for its fine balance and fruit complexity. Apricot and floral aromas are complemented by lemongrass, peach, and pink grapefruit.

The palate’s sumptuous ripe pineapple and apple flavors lead into a creamy texture with lemon meringue and mineral notes carried on a dry, delicate finish.

This crisp wine makes an ideal pairing with brown butter-seared tuna and salad nicoise with cilantro-pear vinaigrette.

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley

Appellation: Southern Oregon

Harvest Date: 30 September; 7 October 2006

At harvest:  Sugar; 22.2° brix      pH; 3.10    TA; 9.8 grams/liter     

Cooperage: Stainless Steel

At bottling: Sugar; Nil

Bottling date: 2 March 2007

Case Production: 633 (750ml)

Alcohol: 13.4% by volume

Release Date: 1 April 2007

S R P: $23.00 (750 mL) SOLD OUT



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