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Klinker Brick

Albarino,
 2019

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Description

Strikingly floral aromas with hints of lychee burst from the glass. A midpalate richness and mouthwatering acidity enhance flavors of white stone fruit, fleshy peach and spring melon flavors. The finish is clean with notes of lemon

Variety: Albarino
Region: Lodi, California
Winemaker: Klinker Brick
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 12.8%

Winemaker's Notes

Aromas of stone fruit burst from the glass and lead into a rich midpalate with rounded flavors of white peach and generous minerality. The finish is bright and clean with notes of lemon and citrus

John's Notes

Back patio, beautiful summer night, 6 good friends from the neighborhood, and Klinker Brick Albarino 2019 – that’s what its all about. Thanks for helping me write this one up

Aromas of spring flowers coming to bloom, lemon and peach elevate from the glass. The palate offers a similar experience as the nose, but brings pronounced notes of green apple skin, bright acidity, tart peach, and a steely minerality.  A great summer wine that’s easy to enjoy on its own or with appetizers and seafood (think butter and garlic seared scallops)

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Klinker Brick Winery, winemaker Barry Gnekow

  • Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating “Old Vine” vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900’s
  • Klinker Bricks” are highly prized bricks that grace many of the historical buildings in Lodi, including the Felton’s home. Chosen by Craftsmen architects in the 1920’s for their distinctive qualities, including unique shapes and dark, rich color, these bricks are heavier than regular bricks and make an unusual sound when banged together because of their density

Variety:  Albarino

Region: Lodi, California, Mokelumne River AVA

Climate:  

  • Considered part of California’s Central Valley, Lodi is located east of the very large Sacramento Delta, and accordingly receives the cooling breeze influence from the San Francisco Bay
  • Adequate rainfall over the winter assured a good fruit set and anticipation of ample yields. However lower than average temperatures through the growing season and a lack of summer heat spikes resulted in a smaller than average crop. Cooler August temperatures allowed us to leave clusters on the vine longer coaxing out rich fruit flavors without losing acidity

Viticulture:

  • The 2019 vintage marks the first time we have used both our Jungeblut and Ted’s vineyards. Harvest is done by hand for both vineyards
  • Ted’s Vineyard was originally planted to Chardonnay, then grafted to Albarino in 2013. The soil is deep Hanaford Sandy Loam extending down 50+ feet.  Minimal irrigation is used, with a drip system in place for only the hottest days.  The vines run East/West to take advantage of the cooling Delta Breeze each evening
  • The Jungeblut Vineyard (planted in 2016) is located on the south side of the Mokelumne AVA in well drained sandy loam soils that gradually slope down towards the Mokelumne River. A cooler microclimate near the river leads to longer hang times and high acidity in the grapes at harvest
  • Fruit from the Jungeblut Vineyard was picked the second week of August at 19.9 brix, when acidity is high, ensuring bright fresh qualities in the finished wine. Due to a cool August, fruit from Ted’s vineyard was not brought in till September 13th after reaching the desired 22 brix

Winemaking: 

  • Once in the winery each lot is destemmed, gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks between 45 – 50°F
  • The lots were blended in early October and allowed to settle before bottling on January 15th
  • The finished wine is reminiscent of Albariño grown in Riax Baixas along the south of the Mino River, exhibiting distinctive feminine qualities and a rich mid palate

Alcohol:  12.8%

Pairs With: Fresh salad with vinaigrette dressing, soft cheeses, most seafood

Reviews

Reviews are not yet available for the 2019 vintage, however 2018’s vintage scored well

Wine Enthusiast (88): Fresh apricot and vanilla aromas make a great entry to this light-bodied, smooth-textured and well-balanced wine. Orange and lemon zest join apricots to buoy the flavors and liven up the mouthfeel.  Jim Gordon 7/1/19

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