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 and seven miles from Monterey Bay, this site pushes every limit in winegrowing. In the wind and overlooking the Carmel Coast, degree days here are minimal (less than 2000 – “Region I”) and yields are naturally limited to 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. Aromas of raspberry, pine forest, cola, and dried rose are supported by flavors of cranberry and tart cherry. Partial whole cluster fermentation lends a savory edge and elegant tannins.
35% whole cluster fermentation
native primary and secondary fermentations
11 months élévage in 35% new François Frères and Ermitage barrels
six barrels • 146 cases produced
93 Points Wine Enthusiast
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