This Albariño from Bonny Doon is not too be confused with their 2009 Ca’ del Solo Albariño, which was one of my favorite Albariño’s at the TAPAS event in San Francisco earlier this year.
This wine derives from two vineyards in the Central Coast: Ca’ del Solo in Soledad, and Jesperson Ranch in San Luis Obispo.
Wine Review - Bonny Doon Vineyards 2010 Albariño
On The Nose: Green Apple, Asian Pear, Lemon Peel
In The Mouth: IMPORTANT – do not drink overchilled. This wine’s nuances are completely lost if overchilled (which I did by accident.) It has a rich texture, mouthfeel and slight oiliness one wouldn’t expect when combined with this acidity and lower (12.5%) alcohol. Must bug Randall or his other winemaker for vinification techniques.
It dances in the mouth with green apple and citrus and makes you smile, and reach for more. The finish is lingering, and compelling. This wine drinks wonderfully by itself, and the bottle is emptying fast as I consume it. (Instead of spitting.)
Food Pairing: Bonny Doon recommends pair it with “…pairs beautifully with briny foods like oysters, shellfish, seafood salad, fish crudo (or ceviche), or shrimp scampi with garlic and lemon. It’s a natural with fresh goat cheese, green olives, tomato salads (especially dressed with a drizzle of lemon-infused oil), tempura, and other Asian fare.” Randall and his team are foodies, so I never doubt them, however tonight’s fare when I am done reviewing is home made turkey soup.
Recommendation: 90 Points. Buy and Enjoy. At $18 this Albariño is an excellent buy, that will both drink wonderfully solo or with food, and can age easily for a few years. Available online for $18, $15 for club, and right now club members get free shipping on orders $99 or higher.