California Albarino 2009

Abrente, Napa Valley, Albarino 2009 The fruit in the nose is vibrant, running from citrus through tropical notes. In the mouth the flavor is that of fresh oranges, light-bodied and fresh, with long lingering acidity. The grapes are sourced from the Stewart Ranch in the Carneros. The people behind this wine are Morgan Twain-Peterson and Michael Havens. Produced and bottled in Sonoma 13% purchased for $15.99 at Bottle Barn

Odisea, Clements Hills, Dream, Albarino 2009 The smell is reminiscent of the sweaty character that we sometimes find with Sauvignon Blanc along with green herbs and something odd, a dairy-like smell. In the mouth it is quite dry, austere even, with an astringent grip. The grapes are organically grown and sourced from Markus Bokisch’s Sueno and Las Cerezas Vineyards. 15% of the wine was treated to ML in neutral French oak and then all of the wine was aged on the lees for 3 months. The wine is bottled under Stelvin. Partners Mike Webb and Adam Kuenz. Produced and bottled in Napa 12.5% purchased for $12.69 at Bottle Barn Odisea Wine Company

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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