Impressive White for those on a budget

The Kristy Vineyard grows on the western bench over the Salinas River on the broken sediment of ancient sea beds, fully exposed to winds off the Monterey Bay. Kristy is special because Albariño in the vineyard reaches full phenological ripeness at low potential alcohol and bright natural acidity.

FYI: Pronunciation  – Albariño (“alba-reen-yo”)

La Marea 2018 Albariño Kristy Vineyard, Monterey County
GGWC 27.99
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Pale yellow gold in color with an intense aroma of citrus zest, quince and white peaches. On the palate this very pleasant youngster offers lush citrus and bright orchard fruit flavors that become more intense towards the end.  The wine shows a nice mineral lift without being sharp in acidity.  The wine has a long and impressive finish with hints of floral notes at the tail end.  Low alcohol (13%)

The classic dish to pair with Albarino is pulpo, or octopus. Other good bets are grilled or spicy fish, shellfish, or mussels. It also goes well with roasted vegetables, and because it is generally crisp and refreshing is excellent on its own or as the first wine of a long night of drinking.

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