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FERDINAND Albarino  Lodi 2016  

Retail Price: $20

Value Rating: 4.4

Wine Factor: 1
Date Posted: October 22, 2018
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DDWA Score: 88

Great Value

The Spanish grape Albariño has found if not a home then a vacation getaway in California. Napa producer Ferdinand acquires Albariño from Lodi’s “Vista Luna Vineyard” to make this crisp, aromatic, texturally pleasing white. I love its fresh floral, citrus basket and Granny Smith apple smells and flavors plus the crunchy-ness and mouth-watering acidity. Still, the tang is pulled back just enough with barrel fermentation (neutral barrel) and full malo. Think of it as sanding the sharp edges of a table. I’ve had my fair share of California Albariños, and the Ferdinand is one of the best. And for $20, compared to a Sauvignon Blanc of similar craft, it’s a great deal.

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Ferdinand Winery