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WATERFALL Albarino  El Dorado 2015  

Retail Price: $30

Value Rating: 3

Wine Factor: 1
Date Posted: December 6, 2017
Cases Produced: 150

Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 88.5

Very Good Value

Very unique to find Albarino from the Sierra Foothills. These grapes come from Apple Hill, next to Placerville. 2600 feet elevation, volcanic soils. Napa’s Helen Keplinger, winemaker. She’s pushed the envelope on winemaking for the typical hands-off Albarino grape. Barrel ferment than partially aged in barrel, all neutral French. I dig the result: floral/orange oil exotics and acidity remain with a little “dressing up” from the barrel and lees contact. Definitely orange-y (zest, blossoms, juice) with subtle honeyed and spicy notes. Lingering, mouth-coating texture at the end. I’d probably guess this is Viognier if tasted blind on it.

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