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Cave Dog Albariño  Napa Valley 2017  

Retail Price: $25

Value Rating: 3.6

Wine Factor: 1
Date Posted: March 24, 2018
Cases Produced: 120

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DDWA Score: 89

Great Value


Lemony/orange-y citrus, chalky, grapefruit, tangy nose stays pleasantly, startlingly tart in the mouth. This wine is all about yellow citrus flavors, both the juice and the zest. A chalky note, along with a smidge of bread crust from lees-aging, describes the wine’s complexity. “Liveliness and aromatic zest” is how owner/winemaker Michael Havens describes it. Indeedy do. This is an ideal high-acid Sauvignon Blanc alternative.

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Napa winemaker/winery owner veteran Michael Havens launched Cave Dog with his 2014 red wine. There are 3 Cave Dog wines: this Albariño, a Godello (another white wine of Spanish origin) and the red, a Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend. I recommend all three wines whole-heartedly, past present and future vintages. Havens has grown and made Albariño, a grape of northwest Spanish origin, from this same vineyard (Stewart Ranch) since 1999.

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