2017 Albarino "Spring Ephemeral"
This is sourced from a 7 acre, organically farmed, site on the west side of Underwoood Mountain. The site is five years old, dry farmed and produced less than a half ton per acre of very concentrated, small clusters, of tiny speckled berries. The fruit was pressed whole cluster, without maceration in a vertical basket press, directly to barrel and bottled by gravity after 8 months of aging on the lees.
This is a very cool site where ripening any grape is challenging. Albarino is a relatively early ripening variety, but this is one of the last spots we picked in 2017. Albarino often hints at Riesling like qualities, but on this site the comparison is truly apt. Riesling itself wouldn’t be possible here, the site is actually too cold to ripen it, but it lends Albarino mind altering levels of acidity, minerality and extract. There is texture hiding here too, a pliancy from the natural handling and one would never guess that it was aged completely in new, but very lightly steamed barrels. The aromas are of salted lime, green peaches, almond and the feeling of being in the Northwest rainforest; among the rocks, orchids, oaks, waterfalls and moss. The wine is likely to be eternal, rock-like, its barely budged after being open for a day.