2014NVAlbarino2014 Neighborhood Vineyards, Albarino, Silt and Strata, Central Coast.
In the future Neighborhood Vineyards will be making wine in San Francisco from vines at their Alemany Farms Vineyard in the City, they may even get their first crop this harvest, but in the meantime we can enjoy the latest offerings of Central Coast wines they have put out, and especially good is the new Neighborhood Vineyards Albarino! Elly Hartshorn is on a roll, her latest Pinots and this great Albarino Silt & Strata are all outstanding, and I can’t wait to see her San Francisco Wines get started, it is an awesome project that will add a lot of fun to the San Francisco wine community. Her just released Albarino is one of the best made from this Spanish grape from northwest Spain and parts of Portugal and it shows true cool climate varietal character and zesty mineral driven intensity. The 2014 Neighborhood Vineyards Silt & Strata Albarino starts with delicate rose petal and white flower, sea shore essences, wild herbs and nectarine leading to a palate of brisk citrus fruits, unripe green apple, apricot and peach pit, river stones and mouth watering saline. This is a vibrant white wine with loads of eye popping acidity and refreshing zing, a great summer crowd pleaser that finishes with a hint of basil and tangerine, this is a light bodied dry Albarino that really pays tribute to it’s roots. Only a couple of barrels of this bright and lively wine were produced, so you’ll have to look hard, but it will be worth it, drink over the next year or so.
($18 Est.) 91+ Points, grapelive

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