Albatross Ridge is organically farmed by our good friend Garret Bowlus. Perched at the top of Laureles Grade, northwest of Carmel Valley, at an elevation of 1,250 feet, this site pushes every limit in winegrowing. In the wind and overlooking the Carmel Coast, degree days here are minimal (less than 2000) and so are yields (less than two tons per acre). Paired with light soils of shale, diatomaceous earth, and clay loam, the wines from Albatross Ridge achieve a stunning, lithe balance at very low potential alcohol.
Ruby red and medium bodied. Wild cherry and black tea are framed by herbes de Provence and sweet tobacco. Fresh acidity lends structure and persistence.
25% whole cluster fermentation
Native primary and secondary fermentations
11 months élévage in 36% new François Frères and Ermitage barrels
Four and a half barrels • 109 cases produced
93 points Wine Enthusiast