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Marimar Estate 2020 Don Miguel Vineyard Albarino, Russian River Valley, CA

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  • Winemaker: Taylor Bianco
  • Variety: Albariño
  • Farming: Sustainable with regenerative and biodynamic practices
  • Vinification: whole-cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel, with our own indigenous yeast. After the primary fermentation, the wine rested on the lees until bottled.

From our 2022 Explorer Club Notes:

Marimar Estate | Don Miguel Vineyard Albariño | Russian River Valley, CA | 2020

A few months ago, I was invited to the Russian River Valley Pinot Forum in Sonoma to get three days of in-depth education on the many facets of Pinot Noir. Much to my surprise, I walked away with a new love of RRV Albariño!

The Marimar Estate is a gorgeous hacienda in the hills of the Green Valley of Russian River Valley, a cool microclimate just 10 miles as the crow flies to the Pacific Ocean. Marimar Torres began planting her vineyard on the 56-acre in 1986, a decade after she emigrated from Spain while working as the export manager for Torres, her family’s historic Catalonian estate. She has slowly grown her estate to include 81 acres in the Russian River Valley and an additional 180 acres in West Sonoma County. Of this, just over 80 acres are planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Godello, Tempranillo, and Albariño, all managed by Marimar and her daughter Christina.

Marimar introduced European methods like high-density planting vine rows following hillside slopes, vertical trellising allowing more airflow in the canopy and fruit to hang close to the heat-retaining ground at night, and whole-cluster pressing on white and red grapes.

Marimar planted three acres of Albariño in 1996 on the west Sonoma Coast, but it proved too cold there for the fruit to ripen correctly. A few years later, she replanted on the famous Goldridge soil series of the Green Valley, consisting of light and well-draining sandy loams of volcanic origin and marine sediment. This Pacific-influenced microclimate of the Don Miguel Vineyard (named for her late father) gives Albariño a long, cool growing season mixed with plenty of sunshine, just what the Galician grape needs. The fruit is whole-cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel with its own indigenous yeast. The wine rests on its fine lees until bottled, adding a lightly creamy texture to soften the naturally high acidity.

Expect notes of honeysuckle, salted grapefruit, and fresh beeswax. Enjoy with homemade tapas (we’ve got plenty of tinned fish for you to use), sashimi, and fresh pasta or zucchini ribbons in butter and garlic!
—Cara Patricia, Oct 2022

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