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Morgadio Legado del Conde Albarino 2011

Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain
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Winemaker Notes

A full-bodied, serious, dry Albariño similar to its sibling Morgadío incorporating wines made from the first pressing in a comparatively softer and more floral style.

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On the brighter side of a rich albariño, this is tight and floral, fragrant with pear scents. There’s tension between the fleshy fruit and complex, toasty flavors, lasting together with a cut of bitter orange zest acidity. For wood-oven roasted oysters.

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Morgadio

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Morgadio, , Spain
Morgadio
In 1984 a farm named " Morgadio" in the Rias Baixas sub district of Condado do Tea near aldea of Albeos was consolidated from multiple existing owners, and planting began. Vineyard areas were gradually expanded to its current 50 acres. Within Rias Baixas there are three sub districts: El Rosal and Val do Salnes on Galicia's rainy Atlantic coast, and Condado do Tea inland on the north bank of the Mino River, a situation remarkably reminiscent of Germany's Rheingau. Condado's benign climate, southern exposure and soil of brilliantly reflective granite sand serve to maximize the Albarino's concentration.

BODEGA: As important as the great Albarino grape to the production of world-class white wine is adequate winemaking equipment. Just in time for the 1988 harvest, Morgadio finished a state-of-the-art gravity-flow facility at the bottom of the vineyard amphitheater, which includes pneumatic presses and isothermic stainless steel tanks. From the 1996 vintage, the Mendez family of Orense has increased investment in the bodega for maximization of the estate's production, with a current capacity for annual production of 100% estate-bottled Albarino of 10,000 cases.

California

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

WWH126967_2011 Item# 118756

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