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2017 ALBARIÑO
Los Carneros
$28.00  |  Club Price $22.40
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TASTING NOTES
On the nose, notes of lime and honey are coupled with lilac and stone fruit. A smooth, bright entry gives way to distinct minerality and hints of Meyer lemon. Mouth watering acidity beckons you back for another sip.
950 cases produced


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WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 100% Albariño
Technical Data: ALC: 13.5% by vol.; TA: 8.0 G/L; pH: 3.28
Cooperage: 97% Fermented 6 Months in Stainless Steel Tanks 3% Fermented in Neutral French Oak Puncheons

Hand harvested at night, the grapes were quickly brought to the winery, and immediately went through a whole-cluster pressing. Entire grape bunches were pressed using a gentle press cycle with minimal rotations to extract the juice. This method minimizes the harsh malic acid and astringent tannins that naturally exist in the skins, seedsand stems. Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper fermented and aged the wine for six months in stainless steel (97%) and four months in neutral French oak puncheons (3%), a combination that preserves the delicate aromatics of the fruit, yet enriches the final blend.
VINEYARD NOTES
With its cool climate, Carneros is the perfect region for planting Spains most famous white grape Albariño. This variety loves cool weather and ripens late without reaching high alcohol levels. For this reason we planted the now 20-year old vines in one of the coolest spots on our estate vineyard, in a block where one of the highest hillside peaks protects the delicate grapes from any late afternoon sun. This block requires careful canopy and irrigation management to ensure enough hang time to get even and complete berry ripening.
VINTAGE NOTES
The 2017 vintage saw generous winter rains that refreshed ground water supplies and led to a cool, mild spring which prepared the vineyards for the summertime heat. Harvest began for Artesa on August 11 and moved quickly. A long, even summer ripening season ended with high temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for five days in early August. As a result harvest was completed for us by late September, weeks ahead of usual, and before the devastating fires that broke out on October 8. The 2017 wines show ripe, concentrated flavors and excellent balance.

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