2019-C La Marea Albariño, Kristy Vineyard, Monterey County, California (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
This wine has a light yellow color and aromatics of mango, stone fruit and ﬂoral notes. On the palate, you’ll ﬁnd ﬂavors of ripe dragon fruit, yellow apple, pear, and a hint of bitter almond with a crisp, refreshing ﬁnish.
After founding the Le P'tit Paysan wine label that focuses on Rhone varietals, winemaker Ian Brand started La Marea to focus on single vineyard Iberian varietals most commonly planted in Spain. This Albariño comes from the Kristy Vineyard in Monterey County, located on the western bench over the Salinas River and on an alluvial fan of siliceous and calcareous soils. This is a special site, and the vineyard reaches full phenological ripeness at low potential alcohols and bright natural acidity due to abundant California sunshine, cold nights and near constant coastal breezes off the Monterey Bay.
Ian whole-cluster pressed the grapes and cold-fermented them to preserve aromatics and freshness. He did not allow for any secondary fermentation in order to maintain the vibrancy of the fruit and to keep the wine nice, light and bright. As with his P’tit Paysan wines, Brand works with fruit harvested at lower brix, ferments using a combination of native and cultured yeast, and favors neutral oak.
The 100% Albariño grapes were 1/2 whole-cluster pressed, 1/2 destemmed and left on skins for three days. Both fermentations were inoculated with separate “pied de cuvée” yeast cultures harvested in the vine rows at Kristy. The must was cold-fermented in stainless steel to preserve minerality, aromatics and freshness. The resulting wine was aged on lees for four months and sterile ﬁltered before bottling.