With aromas of pear and hints of star-fruit, this light bodied wine starts big and quickly surprises with crisp acidity and spice that balance the lush fruit.
This exciting Spanish grape varietal is a rarity in Washington State, it is starting to see some increased plantings throughout the State but is still very limited. Coyote Canyon Vineyard was the first in the state to plant Albarino, and our winery is one of only a handful privileged to work with it. This wine has a tropical tone unique to the vineyard site, our Albarino shows notes of pineapple and mild grapefruit combined with a mild grassy note. Flavors of star fruit and white peach are complemented with a nice zippy finish. Not too dry and not too sweet this is a great example of warmer climate Albarino from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA in Washington State.
Coyote Canyon Vineyard
2015 was a very warm vintage resulting in an early harvest and some interesting challenges we haven't faced before. A typical vintage in Washington is pretty warm but 2015 was insane, the heat units accumulated so quickly we were picking 3 weeks earlier than an average year.
As with any year many challenges were faced and adversities overcome in order to grow and create a great wine. The summer was hot but we didn't have a lot of days over 100 degrees which allowed the crop to ripen at a nice pace, be it a little faster than a typical vintage. When Fall arrived the grapes were ready about a week ahead of schedule. The wines from 2015 show great promise.
The 2013 Albarino is vibrant and floral and while it encompasses some traditional characteristics it is also bigger and more tropical than many. The grapes were all handpicked and then whole cluster pressed into a stainless steel tank. The wine was slow fermented at a cool temperature to keep more aromatics throughout its fermentation. Rich pear and lemon zest shine through. This wine is great in hot weather and pairs nicely with spicy curry dishes.
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