2010 Pierce Ranch Vineyards San Antonio Valley Albariño
Perhaps the most highly prized white grape of Spain and Portugal, Albariño is in many ways the crown jewel of Iberian whites. Famous for the crisp, full-flavored wines it produces in Galicia, this varietal is also used to make the refreshing but comparatively lightweight Vinho Verde of the Minho Valley in Portugal. Thought to be a descendant of Riesling, Albariño shares some of its northern counterpart’s characteristics, but it is also notably different in its tendency towards fresh peach and lemon aromas, a marked acidity, and a distinctive minerality. This Californian version of the wine delights with citrus and minerals aplenty, amid a very thirst-quenching and refreshing body and a tight, slightly piquant finish.