2011 Los Carneros Barrel Select Albarino
Albariño •Las Brisas Vineyard
California: 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.