2015 Broken Earth Limited Release Albarino
Relatively unknown as a grape varietal domestically Albarino’s original home is in Rias Baixas in the North-West of Spain, Spain where it is highly regarded as one of the country’s star performers. More consumers may be familiar with this grape’s participation in Vinho Verde from Portugal (known there as Alvarinho. In both countries the variety is known for its highly perfumed nose and bright, often bracing, acidity.
The warmer and drier climate of Paso Robles offers an alternate style of Albarino to that generally seen internationally. The wine has more generous palate weight great length of flavor while still retaining refreshing acidity. The varietal characters of peaches and apricots are also present and in fact amplified by the warm days and long sunshine hours.
This wine has a pale straw yellow color with distinctive green tinges reflecting its youth. The aroma consists of subtle, lifted perfume notes of freshly cut pineapple and green melon. This fruit carries all the way through the palate with a hint of the creaminess in the texture, balanced with bright, citrus-like acidity. The wine’s alcohol is lower than what is typical of California (13.2%) but it certainly ‘fruit ripe’ and in ideal condition. Reductive winemaking is the process excluding oxygen from all stages of processing to preserve the more subtle aromas and flavors that exist. The 2015 Albarino is an excellent example of this technique and will continue to improve in the bottle.
Although this varietal represents just a small part of our vineyard the Broken Earth Albarino receives ample attention as it provides the winemaking team a challenge to produce a contemporary take of a classic wine style.