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Wine Recommendation

WineSmith 2005 Albarino  (California)


2005 Albarino

Vinovation, a company specializing in winemaking techniques including a patented VA reduction and alcohol adjustment applications of reverse osmosis, has an offshoot company, Wine Smith, whose various releases are typically 1,000 cases or less. Led by President Brian Smith, the group also runs Oenovation International, LLC. Brother Clark Smith established his reputation at R.H. Phillips fresh out of UC Davis. He was founding winemaker. During his tenure, the                                                         winery grew from 3,000 cases per year to 250,000.

This release, an Albarino, is beautifully put together. Bright, straw yellow, with golden highlights and moderate viscosity, the wine has aromas of lemon, peach, pink grapefruit, macadamia, hazelnut and marzipan. It is creamy and lemony on the palate, with a softly prickly finish (think peach fuzz). Often praised as Spain’s finest white grape – there it excels in cool Galicia – the varietal is hard to find elsewhere, though a handful of vintners in California are working with it. If unripe, it has a sharp, grassy quality, which is quite refreshing with oysters, or ceviche. This is obviously not a problem here. It is not overripe to the point of losing its own unique personality, which has become an issue for some of the more commercial Spanish bottlings.

Reviewed January 18, 2008 by Catherine Fallis.

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The Wine

Winery: WineSmith
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Albarino
Appellation: California
Grape: Albarino
Price: 750ml $18.00

Review Date: 1/18/2008

The Reviewer

Catherine Fallis

Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.