2011 Los Carneros Barrel Select Albarino
Albariño •Las Brisas Vineyard
California: Carneros - Los Carneros (Sonoma & Napa)
The Brightest in the room
With this delicious born-in-California Albariño, Saddleback Cellars shows its versatility and winemaking prowess. Today’s summertime sipper is fresh, bright and really tasty! It is a wine that is sure to please even the choosiest Chardonnay drinkers.
We purchased every last case of today’s award-winning 2011 Saddleback Cellars Albariño and it will not last the day.
We’ve had the great pleasure to have featured Saddleback wines these last 6+ years, and in that time we’ve gotten to know Nils Venge (America’s first 100 Point winemaker) and his wonderful winemaking team. We have no problem declaring our love.
Today’s special wine hails from an equally special place, the Las Brisas vineyard which is owned by Frances Mahoney (of Mahoney Winery). This is one of the finest vineyard sources for California Albariño that we’ve come across. The combination of Las Brisas and Saddleback is pure - and refreshing - heaven.
Pale straw yellow at the edges and slightly more dense at the core, this lovely wine settles quickly after settling.
Somewhat quiet on opening, this wine comes to life as you spin it in the glass. Aromas of citrus, lemongrass, kaffir lime, subtle white flower and subtle vanilla.
Citrus driven, with young yellow peach, nectarine, young apricot, lime leaf, pineapple, vanilla, green papaya and a very subtle hint of saffron.
Long, juicy and slightly tart, with stonefruit flavors lingering the longest. At the tail end, a soft hint of toasty vanilla persists.
Enjoy this very delicious Albariño with a seafood paella for thrilling results.
What the Winery Says
- 2011 Barrel Select Albarino
- Los Carneros, Sonoma, Las Brisas Vineyard, Francis Mahoney
- Winemaker Notes
- A popular Spanish varietal, this is our second release of this light to medium bodied white that’s perfect for late winter and early spring enjoyment. This dry white wine shows apricot and peach aromas, with white tropical fruit and Meyer lemon notes. Bright acidity and a creamy mouth feel (from the battonage) with a medium length finish. This is liquid sunshine in a glass! Varietal: 100% Albarino | Production: 142 cases, 750 ml | $24
Food Pairing Ideas: Enjoy with delectable seafood meals like garlic shrimp and scallops, seasonal Dungeness crab off the boat, clam / seafood chowder, white sauce pasta dishes, or roasted vegetables.
About the Winery
Here at Saddleback Cellars, we take every step to assure the highest quality wines from grape to bottle. Our goal is to produce wines that are true to their varietal and place; we limit production to only five to six thousand cases a year to further our goal of making truly hand-crafted wines of the highest quality.
Winemaker/owner Nils Venge and Lars, our assistant winemaker, use traditional winemaking techniques to assure well balanced wines that are easy to drink young and, with the proper cellar conditions, age with grace and beauty.
Winemaker Nils Venge
Born to Danish immigrants, Nils’ exposure to wine came at an early age: his parents operated a wine and liquor import and distribution company in Southern California. Nils continued his pursuit of wine at the University of California in Davis where he earned a BS in Viticulture in 1967.
Following graduation he moved to the Napa Valley to pursue his interest in winemaking. In the subsequent years, he worked for notable wineries, such as Charles Krug, Sterling, Villa Mount Eden and Groth. During his tenure at Groth, Nils became the first American winemaker to receive a perfect 100 point rating from Wine Critic Robert Parker Jr. for the 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which catapulted him to a venerated position in the California wine industry.
Saddleback Cellars is a small winery located off dead-end Money Road in Oakville, California. We sit at just about the 50-yard line of the valley.
Our vineyard comprises a total of 14.8 acres where we grow six varietals. As it is, 8.4 acres are planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.9 acres in Chardonnay, 1.75 acres in Merlot, 1.1 acres in Pinot Blanc, 0.3 acres in Pinot Grigio and 0.3 acres in Zinfandel.
All of our grapes are hand-picked and rushed right to our onsite crush pad where we begin the winemaking process right away. Come see the action between late August and late October of each year.