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Professional Ratings: 89 International Wine Cellar, 88 Wine Spectator
Region: Central Coast, California
Other Info: Screw Cap Wines, Green Wines
Item no. 95719
Blend: 80% albariño, 15% loureiro, 5% treixadura
Divining which varieties might be appropriate for a particular vineyard location occasionally requires utter disregard for conventional wisdom. Galicia, the Iberian playpen of albariño, loureiro and treixadura, could not be more different than Soledad, yet these varieties seem to be enjoying their extended siesta in the Salinas Valley. Where the Galician coast typically sees fifty inches of rainfall per year, Soledad is lucky to receive one-fifth that amount. A little fine-tuning of the viticultural practices however has been very successful. We have found that allowing a tad more shade on these Iberian varieties somehow mimics the Iberian climate and produces grapes with thinner skins – and thus lower phenolics – preserving delicate aromatics and finesse. This wine expresses a beautifully crystalline mineral aspect, great persistence on the palate, and a bracingly crisp, grapefruit, yuzu and tangerine dream. It is the perfect aperitif and wildly successful with Asian food or shellfish, the traditional Galician accompaniment.
Our Ca' del Solo Vineyard received Biodynamic certification by Demeter in May 2007. We can now officially state that this wine is made from biodynamically farmed grapes.