2019 Ferdinand Albarino

2019 Ferdinand Albarino

¥3,960 (incl. tax)

Ferdinand Albariño features lime zest, pear, lemongrass and floral notes — all enhanced by mouthwatering mineral freshness. It has the aromatics and salinity of a Galician wine but also a rounded mouthfeel and balance coming from barrel fermentation and eight month’s aging on the lees. The fruit is sourced from the Vista Luna Vineyard in the Borden Ranch AVA, a part of the greater Lodi AVA that runs up into the Sierra Foothills. The vineyard is known for its cobbled, rocky soil and cooling breezes. This crisp wine pairs well with all manner of seafood — mussels, seafood risotto, fish tacos, sashimi – and makes a great match with fiery Thai salads. 

Winery


Winery Description

Because just seven or eight grape varieties dominate California wine production (for example, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris account for 69% of all white wine grapes), one might not notice a growing trend toward non-traditional grape varieties. However, more and more growers and winemakers are either rediscovering varieties that once played a role in California’s past (e.g. Petite Sirah or Mourvèdre)  or are experimenting with grapes (e.g. Nebbiolo, Aglianico) that have rarely travelled beyond their home regions. Ferdinand Wines is one such winery setting out on this path. Founder Evan Frazier got his start in winemaking when he spent the 2006 harvest in the village of Maury, in Southwest France, where he did everything from picking and processing grapes to working in the cellar. With the Spanish border just a few kilometers away, the local grapes were Grenache and Carignan - aka Garnacha and Mazuelo. The experience left him with not only a desire to become a professional winemaker but also an appreciation for Spanish wines and grape varieties. Back in the United States, Frazier landed a job with the Konsgaard Winery, maker of high-end Napa Valley Chardonnay. But, in 2010, when he was offered a ton of Albariño from the Vista Luna Vineyard in Lodi, he jumped at the chance to work with the aromatic grape of Galicia. Today he is the General Manager at Konsgaard, but he is able to use his employer’s facilities to also make his own wines based on Spanish varieties. Ferdinand currently makes just three wines: the Tempranillo and Albariño offered by Hotei Wines as well as a Grenache/Carignan blend. With production at less than 1,400 cases, Ferdinand Wines is more artisan winemaker than “boutique” winery. The grapes come from growers in Lodi and the Sierra Foothills that specialize in under-the-radar grape varieties. The wines are crafted by hand, in small lots, fermented on native yeasts and with low sulphur additions. While grape varieties like Albariño and Tempranillo are but tiny drops in the bucket of California vineyards, winemakers like Evan Frazier show us that California can give us so much more than the ubiquitous Cabernet, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Borden Ranch (Lodi)
Winery Ferdinand
Vintage 2019
Color White
Varietal(s) Albariño
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.5 x 33.0
Case Size 32.0 x 24.5 x 35.0
Alcohol 13.0%
Product Code FE19AL
UPC NONE
MLF 100%

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

91 Points – Wine Spectator. 

Aromas of fresh pear, lime zest, floral notes and hints of lemongrass and honey open up to a well-rounded palate with a beautiful balance of citrus, subdued oak, and acidity. It finishes long with mineral notes. 

Production


Vinification

Handpicked grapes were pressed as whole clusters and fermented on native yeasts in neutral oak barrels, followed by 8-month’s aging on the lees without stirring. Malolactic fermentation was prevented to preserve freshness.

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