The 2021 Albariño is ultra aromatic with scents of stone fruits, pear, honey and green herb. A tangy entry gains roundness in the midpalate, delivering mouthwatering flavors of peach, nectarine and pink grape fruit. Notes of sea breeze salinity—a signature of our estate Albariño—bring complexity to a fresh, quenching 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 marine 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.
The Albariño grapes were harvested at night to retain freshness and fruit integrity. The clusters were destemmed and gently pressed. After cold settling for four days, the juice was racked off the solids and fermented in stainless steel over a period of 14 days. Winemaker Adrian Bolshoi chose a special yeast to draw out the Albariño’s floral aromatics and pure varietal flavors. After fermentation, the wine was cold aged at 40 degrees for eight months in stainless steel to ensure the retention of delicate aromas and bright fruit flavors. Five percent of the wine was matured in neutral French oak barrels to enhance the body of the wine.
Food Pairing Notes
The pure coastal character of the 2021 Albariño makes a perfect match for seafood dishes, including seared scallops, crab cakes, steamed mussels and ceviche. This wine is also a perfect crowd pleaser for picnics and parties.
The 2021 Albariño is our Santa Ynez Valley rendition of this classic Spanish grape, which thrives amid the pronounced coastal conditions of the Brick Barn estate.