2022 Albariño – Wheelhouse Vineyard
Wheelhouse Vineyard . Clarksburg AVA
Fresh and vibrant, the wine opens with aromas of honeysuckle, white peach and orange blossom. The palate is balanced with hints of honey and crisp pear. Bright and balanced acidity lends to a lively mouthfeel.
Farmed responsibly and validated with dual certification through The Lodi Rules and California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA).
|SOIL COMPOSITION||Sacramento Deep Clay, Derivation Mixed Rice|
|VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY||Certified Sustainable (Dual Certification)|
|HARVEST DATE||August 19, 2022|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||21.1°|
|BOTTE DATE||January 30, 2023|
|CASES PRODUCED||400 | 6 Packs|
Our Albariño comes from the Wheelhouse Vineyard located in the North Delta Region of the Clarksburg Appellation. Planted in 2009, the 5.6 acre block enjoys highly organic soil and cool Delta breezes that are prefect for this aromatic varietal. The cool mornings and evenings with warm days make it an ideal growing location for Albariño – the afternoon sun builds the fruity characteristics, while the chill of the evening helps retain crisp flavors.
From an earlier than average budbreak to widespread frost, the 2022 growing season was one of extremes. Late April frost brought significant damage to the Clarksburg appellation, while Lodi was largely spared. Windy spring days, contributed to loose clusters during fruit set, which is good for wine quality. Harvest began on August 1st and after the majority of our white varietals were off the vine, an intense heat wave settled into the San Joaquin Valley. Our teams harvested at night, carefully managing each vineyard with an eagle’s eye, ultimately finishing on October 25th with Petit Verdot. We’re proud to bring you the 2022 vintage that certainly did not come without it’s challenges, but is shaping up to be exceptional.
CLARKSBURG AVA – Located on the Sacramento River in the heart of the Delta, the Clarksburg AVA has a profound maritime influence. Cool mornings give way to warm afternoons and temperatures quickly cool again in the evenings. With land at or below sea level, the fertile soil attracts and holds nutrients and water which calls for constant monitoring.