Etxea Albarino Rorick Heritage Vineyard 2018 750ml

size
750ml
country
United States
region
California
appellation
Sierra Foothills
WE
93
WE
93
Rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast
This site is famously high-elevation (2,000 feet) and rich in limestone soils. The resulting white here is remarkably fresh, energetic and bursting in green apple and melon. With a light touch to the oak and ripeness, it retains an earthy minerality of sea spray and wet stone, that's deliciously memorable and complex. ... More details
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Etxea Albarino Rorick Heritage Vineyard 2018 750ml

SKU 826669
$27.94
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WE
93
WE
93
Rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast
This site is famously high-elevation (2,000 feet) and rich in limestone soils. The resulting white here is remarkably fresh, energetic and bursting in green apple and melon. With a light touch to the oak and ripeness, it retains an earthy minerality of sea spray and wet stone, that's deliciously memorable and complex.
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Sourced from Rorick Heritage Vineyard, a 2,000 ft. elevation vineyard high in the Sierra Foothills with steeply-planted vines and limestone-rich soils. This rare geological gem is located in Calaveras County, outside the old mining town of Murphys, and has a stunning diversity of sun exposures, elevations, temperatures and soils. Our Albariño block has Northeast facing slopes of schist and limestone which see warm days and cool nights driven by the high elevation. The Albariño was hand-picked on September 14th, whole-cluster pressed and fermented with native yeast. The wine then aged on its lees, with no sulfur added, for six months in neutral oak before bottling. The result is a refreshingly crisp wine with lingering notes of cantaloupe melon, green apple and a burst of salinity. It finishes with mouth-watering acidity that begs for another sip.
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size
750ml
country
United States
region
California
appellation
Sierra Foothills
Overview
Rated 93 - This site is famously high-elevation (2,000 feet) and rich in limestone soils. The resulting white here is remarkably fresh, energetic and bursting in green apple and melon. With a light touch to the oak and ripeness, it retains an earthy minerality of sea spray and wet stone, that's deliciously memorable and complex.
green grapes

Varietal: Albarino

The pale skinned grapes of the Albarino varietal have been grown in and around Spain and Portugal for almost a thousand years, where they are highly enjoyed and prized by the locals for their distinctive aroma, and sharp, tart acidity levels. Over the past century, their influence has spread to the New World, and many vineyards keen to emulate the white wines of Spain have had considerable success with this varietal. The light bodied wines which are produced from the Albarino grapes have wonderfully aromatic properties, and carry ripe flavors of soft summer fruits, apricot and peach, with a mild and pleasantly bitter after taste brought on by their thick skins. Because of their acidic nature, they are a fantastic match for many Spanish foods, and are best served chilled on a hot day.
barrel

Region: California

California as a wine producing region has grown in size and importance considerably over the past couple of centuries, and today is the proud producer of more than ninety percent of the United States' wines. Indeed, if California was a country, it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, with a vast range of vineyards covering almost half a million acres. The secret to California's success as a wine region has a lot to do with the high quality of its soils, and the fact that it has an extensive Pacific coastline which perfectly tempers the blazing sunshine it experiences all year round. The winds coming off the ocean cool the vines, and the natural valleys and mountainsides which make up most of the state's wine regions make for ideal areas in which to cultivate a variety of high quality grapes.
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Country: United States

Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.
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green grapes

Varietal: Albarino

The pale skinned grapes of the Albarino varietal have been grown in and around Spain and Portugal for almost a thousand years, where they are highly enjoyed and prized by the locals for their distinctive aroma, and sharp, tart acidity levels. Over the past century, their influence has spread to the New World, and many vineyards keen to emulate the white wines of Spain have had considerable success with this varietal. The light bodied wines which are produced from the Albarino grapes have wonderfully aromatic properties, and carry ripe flavors of soft summer fruits, apricot and peach, with a mild and pleasantly bitter after taste brought on by their thick skins. Because of their acidic nature, they are a fantastic match for many Spanish foods, and are best served chilled on a hot day.
barrel

Region: California

California as a wine producing region has grown in size and importance considerably over the past couple of centuries, and today is the proud producer of more than ninety percent of the United States' wines. Indeed, if California was a country, it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, with a vast range of vineyards covering almost half a million acres. The secret to California's success as a wine region has a lot to do with the high quality of its soils, and the fact that it has an extensive Pacific coastline which perfectly tempers the blazing sunshine it experiences all year round. The winds coming off the ocean cool the vines, and the natural valleys and mountainsides which make up most of the state's wine regions make for ideal areas in which to cultivate a variety of high quality grapes.
fields

Country: United States

Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.