The 2017 Albariño offers brisk aromas of white flower, stone fruit and lime with a whisper of ocean-air salinity. A soft, viscous texture presents luscious flavors of citrus, green apple, tangerine zest and peach pit with a sense of crisp minerality. Lingering fruit flavors and nimble acidity combine to create a long, energetic finish.
The 35-acre Brick Barn estate vineyard lies just north of the Santa Ynez River in a largely unexplored winegrowing corridor near the city of Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. Here, persistent sun exposure ensures ripe flavors, while the Pacific Ocean—just 10 miles away—delivers daily cooling that maintains fruit acidity and structure. Our Albariño is planted to a small 1.9-acre block in front of our winery. This block’s sandy riverbed soils foster pure varietal character, while the Pacific breezes help maintain fruit vibrancy right through full maturity. Tight 6x3 vine spacing ensures that yields are kept in check for the sake of natural flavor intensity.
Our vision is to remain true to the varietal authenticity of classic Spanish Albariño, producing a wine that is full-flavored yet also crisp and refreshing. After night harvesting, the clusters were partially de-stemmed and left on the skins for three hours prior to pressing, allowing the fruit to uptake tertiary complexities. After pressing, the juice was cold settled for 48 hours, then racked off solids and fermented in stainless steel over a period of 10 days. The wine was next racked to a stainless steel tank, where it matured for 10 months prior to bottling. Stainless steel was exclusively employed during fermentation and aging to ensure the retention of delicate aromatics and bright fruit flavors.
The 2017 Albariño is an assertively elegant and varietally expressive wine that speaks to the sandy riverbed soils and crisp marine climate of our estate vineyard.