2011 Bodegas M Albarino - Querida

SKU #1139375

The Albariño is a shy grape with very low yields both in the vineyard and the winery. This lack of productivity was the reason that it was never grown much outside of Spain (and a little in northern Portugal). Alan realized that Edna Valley was a perfect home for Albarino and insisted that it be planted there nearly a decade ago. The result is the American rebirth for the variety. In The Edna Valley, vines are planted to bud wood Alan selected from Galicia, at the Paragon Vineyard. George Donati farms 40 acres of Albariño, and Alan goes through the vineyard with George hand selecting those parcels that will best combine to produce the rich, creamy, citrus and pineapple fruit that characterize our Bodegas M Albariño. Our wine is unique in that it spends eight months in one year old and two year old French oak. This endows the wine with a rich underpinning to support the racy fruit attack, and gives the Albariño Querida a long, creamy finish. This wine is distinctive in its complexity and integration. Bodegas M Albariño 2011 Querida recalls the classic wines of Rías Baixas only, perhaps, better.

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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.