La Marea Albarino Kristy Vineyard 2012
Albarino from Central Coast, California
Citrus blossom, brine and crushed seashell on the nose, crisp and full-flavored on the palate. Elegant, extended finish with bright acidity and flavors of salted lemon and sea air.
Wine Enthusiast - "Very well structured, with zesty acidity and a fine tang of minerals. There’s a chalky tang to the citrus fruit flavors. Elegant, bone dry, moderate in alcohol and easy to drink, it’s a superb restaurant wine."
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The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
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Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.