Hill Family Estate Albariño 2020, Stewart Ranch, Carneros, Napa Valley, California

The Hill Family is a fourth generation California farm family. They understand from experience how great wine begins in the vineyard. While Albariño grapes are not commonly grown in California, a vineyard at Stewart Ranch in Carneros of Napa Valley produced a sufficient quantity for a limited 2020 production by Hill Family Estate. The Stewart Ranch in Carneros has its toes in the estuary south of Napa, and stays cool and breezy. The floral notes and tart acidity of the Hill Family Estate Albariño matches well with shrimp, crab, oysters, tapas, and chicken dishes. Winemaker Alison Doran reports that this wine “offers aromas of pear, citrus, green apple, and floral note.” The grapes were harvested in September 2019 after a long, moderate season in Napa Vineyards. The harvest was pressed and fermented in stainless steel for three weeks and then rested on the lees (residual yeast particles) for two months before racking and bottling.