Hendry Blocks 2 and 9B are located on bench lands west of the
town of Napa. Morning fog and afternoon breezes from the San Pablo
Bay moderate the climate, creating a transitional climate zone
between the cooler Carneros region and the warmer northern reaches
of the Napa Valley.
The Albariño grape hails from the area of Galicia, in Northwest
Spain, and was first planted in our Block 9B in 2003. George had
tasted wines made from other vineyards nearby in Carneros, and
liked the crisp, floral, high-acid flavors of the grape when grown
in a climate zone similar to ours. Block 2, originally planted in
1997, was grafted over to Albariño from Pinot Gris in 2013.
Budbreak in 2014 was between March 10 and 18, and bloom occurred
between May 6 and 16. Harvest took place approximately September
For this variety, whole-cluster pressing is used. The juice was
fermented in stainless steel at temperatures ranging from 56º to
59ºF. Cool fermentation ensures preservation of the bright, fresh
fruit flavors, and often requires several weeks to complete. When
alcoholic fermentation is completed, the wine remains in stainless
steel until bottling.
Floral, herbal and peachy aromas. On the palate, tangy citrus,
nectarine and passion fruit flavors reflect the bright acidity. A
pretty, refreshing white, great as a first-course wine, and a
lovely counterpoint to briny oysters, mussels or clams. There are
many other pairing possibilities with this tasty, high-acid Spanish
varietal: boquerones, a simple, seared white fish, or even a
weeknight pan-seared chicken with olives and lemon zest.
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Napa, CA 94558
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