Napa Valley
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The 2020 Albariño showcases why Napa Valley is an excellent growing region for this unique variety. The wine opens with aromas of white flowers and Meyer lemon, that integrate with apricot and lilac notes. A smooth and defined entry on the palate highlights the distinct minerality imparted from the concrete tank fermentation, and lingering notes of tangerine and honeysuckle will leave your palate calling for another sip.
500 cases produced
Varietal Composition: 100% Albariño
Technical Data: ALC: 12.5% by vol.; TA: 6.7 G/L; pH: 3.35
Cooperage: 25% Fermented in Concrete Tank, 70% in Stainless Stell Tank, and 5% in 6 year-old French Oak Puncheons

Hand-harvested at night, the grapes were quickly brought to the winery, and immediately went through a whole-cluster pressing, where the entire grape bunches were gently pressed to extract the juice from the berries. We use a gentle press cycle, with minimal rotations to minimize the harsh malic acid and astringent tannins that naturally exist in the skins, seeds and stems. Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper fermented and aged the wine for six months in a mixture of concrete, stainless steel, and neutral French oak puncheons. Using a variety of fermentation vessels allows Ana to craft a wine that strikes a balance between the purity of fruit Albariño is known for, and a lush soft mouthfeel with lingering acidity on the back of the palate. 2018 was the first vintage we used concrete tanks at Artesa, and since then, they have become a staple of our winemaking. Concrete offers a distinct character to the wine, different than oak barrels and stainless steel tanks; they are porous, limiting oxygen to impact the wine, while imparting minerality and intense, focused fruit appeal.
Albariño is a varietal that thrives in cooler regions, which is exactly what you will find in Los Carneros and the Southern end of Napa Valley. About 60% of the fruit for this wine comes from out Estate Vineyard, in blocks planted with 25-year old vines, on some of the coolest spots on the property. One of these blocks is located on one of the highest hillside peaks protects the delicate grapes from any late afternoon sun. These blocks require careful canopy and irrigation management to ensure enough hang time to get even and complete berry ripening, but the resulting wines truly have a dynamic character to them. The remaining fruit comes from another famed vineyard in the Southern end of Napa Valley. Both vineyards are supported by the ocean breeze and late afternoon fog, which present perfect growing conditions for Albariño.

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