2018 Albarino, Los Carneros

Los Carneros
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The 2018 Albariño exemplifies Spains leading white wine. On the nose, notes of Key lime and honeycomb are integrated with intense notes of lilac, jasmine and stone fruit. A smooth, bright entry gives way to a distinct minerality and hints of orange blossom, white nectarine and mouth watering acidity beckons you back for another sip.
1,200 cases produced

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Varietal Composition: 100% Albariño
Technical Data: ALC: 13.0% by vol.; TA: 7.5 G/L; pH: 3.32
Cooperage: 40% Fermented in Concrete Tank, 58% in Stainless Stell Tank, and 2% 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, seeds and stems. Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper fermented and aged the wine for six months in concrete and stainless steel and four months in neutral French oak puncheons, a combination that preserves the delicate aromatics of the fruit, yet enriches the final blend. 2018 was the first vintage we used concrete tanks at Artesa. Ana knew from the beginning that she wanted to ferment a percentage of the Albariño grapes in these tanks. Concrete tanks offer a distinct character to the wine, different than oak barrels and stainless steel tanks; they are porous, avoiding oxygen to impact the wine, while imparting minerality and intense, focused fruit appeal.
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 manage-ment to ensure enough hang time to get even and complete berry ripening.
The perfect growing season on our Estate, the 2018 vintage is characterized by moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer that allowed for the ideal growing conditions; consistent and steady. We began harvest on August 21 followed by unseasonably cool weather that allowed for most of the fruit on our Estate to remain on the vine for an additional week or two. This extended hang-time was great for the maturation of flavors and overall quality of the fruit. Harvest again kicked into full swing in early September and was completed on October 20, about two weeks later than last year. The combination of a perfect growing season and a long harvest allowed for the fruit to demonstrate clean, mature flavors with wonderful balance and acidity. The 2018 wines will show elegantly yet with concentrated flavors that possess so much finesse for years to come.

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