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2014 El Chispear Albariño



Tasting Notes

This exciting, fresh, Spanish grape is a rare variety in Washington State. Coyote Canyon Vineyard was the first in the state to plant Albarino, and our winery is one of only a handful privileged to work with it. This wine has wonderful citrus and tropical aromas mixed with apple and mild baking yeast. Star fruit flavors and more apple are complemented with a nice creamy finish. 

Winemakers notes

2014 was a hot season which meant we had to pick this Albarino pretty early. In order to pick with high acidity we picked the portion of Albarino on August 27th. The fruit was showing much more citrus notes compared to when we typically pick which turned out great for the Sparkling wine. Once primary fermentation was complete we put the wine into bottles and started the aging process. It took about 6 months to come around in bottle and then the fun began. We played around with different residual sugar amounts and decided to go with 1.5g/l with added enough sweetness to complement the high acid. I hope you enjoying drinking this as much as I do.

  • Blend Composition: 100% Albariño
  • Alcohol by Volume: 12%
  • Residual Sugar: 1.5%
  • Cases Produced: 60

Vineyard Notes

  • Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
  • AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
  • Grower Degree Days: 3008
  • Pick Date:  August 27th

2014 was a warm vintage resulting in great fruit. As with any year many challenges were faced and adversities overcome in order to grow and create a great wine. The summer was hot but we didn't have a lot of days over 100 degrees which allowed the crop to ripen at a nice pace, be it a little faster than a typical vintage. When Fall arrived the grapes were ready about a week ahead of schedule. The wines from 2014 show great promise.