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2017 Albariño

2017 Albariño
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The Stewart Ranch in Carneros has its toes in the estuary south of Napa, and stays cool and breezy. Heavy rains in winter put bud break into late March, bloom into mid-May, and veraison into early August. By August 23, the brix was almost 20 and lovely floral character was beginning to emerge, so harvest was scheduled for August 30, and the grapes came in at 21.0 brix. We whole cluster pressed and then fermented it in stainless steel with ES181 yeast. Fermentation took about three weeks, then the wine rested on the lees for two months in tank before racking and bottling. Albarino itself is an uncommon variety in California, but it is well known in Spain where it is grown in Galicia. Its zippy acidity and light floral notes make it a natural companion to tapas and fresh seafood.

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