CAVE DOG Albariño, Napa Valley 2017
Napa Valley 2017

CAVE DOG Albariño, Napa Valley 2017

Napa Valley 2017
Cave Dog Albarino
Retail Price: $25
DDWA Score: 89
Value Rating: 3.6
Great Value
Wine Factor: 1
Date Posted: December 3, 2021
Cases Produced: 120

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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