2018 Pyramid Block Albarino, Los Carneros

Pyramid Block
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
$55.00  |  Club Price $44.00
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This unique, single vineyard wine pays homage to our Spanish roots and is a wine we take great pride in producing. Highly limited and exclusive only to our most dedicated customers, this wine opens with beautiful floral notes of lilac, jasmine and honeysuckle. On the palate are delicate citrus flavors complemented with a clean, minerality and a hint of clove. It displays a balanced acidity which will shine for many years to come and is a delectable wine that must be added to your wine collection.
88 cases produced

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Varietal Composition: 100% Albariño
Technical Data: TA: 7.1 g/L; pH: 3.55
Cooperage: 100% Concrete Tank

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 100% concrete tanks. 2018 was the first vintage we used concrete tanks at Artesa. Ana knew from the beginning that she wanted to experiment with Albariño in the new concrete tanks, as 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.
With its cool climate, Carneros is the perfect region for planting Spain's 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.

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