La Marea

Kristy Vineyard Albariño

9.1194 ratings
9.148 pro ratings
Monterey County, Central Coast, California, USA
Albariño
Shellfish
Top Notes For
Paco Suro

I have to guess that this bottle was off. Not the same as previous vintages. Some fizz, bite, soap. Just odd. Will revisit another bottle and then update.

I have to guess that this bottle was off. Not the same as previous vintages. Some fizz, bite, soap. Just odd. Will revisit another bottle and then update.

May 5th, 2021
Emily Kresie-Harrington

2019 vintage. Very melon-y and round. Musk melon, green pear, unripe peach, white rocks, seemingly a little weight added from either lees or minor skin contact. Very good quality, but a little steep for California obscurae.

2019 vintage. Very melon-y and round. Musk melon, green pear, unripe peach, white rocks, seemingly a little weight added from either lees or minor skin contact. Very good quality, but a little steep for California obscurae.

Dec 18th, 2020
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.1

Cal-barino is one of the best values in the wine world right now. I think Ian Brand probably makes the best.

Cal-barino is one of the best values in the wine world right now. I think Ian Brand probably makes the best.

Jun 22nd, 2019
Boris Mathiszik

Nice acidity.

Nice acidity.

Aug 26th, 2017
Stephen Redenbaugh

Lime pith, ripe pear notes on the exuberant nose.... but the weight on the palate is impressive. Textured, waxy, lively acidity and a long almost saline finish. This is a food wine that can hold its own with Asian or Mediterranean cuisine and slice through the richness and complexity to make its own statement. An impressive introduction to Ian Brand and a stunning value. Kudos!

Lime pith, ripe pear notes on the exuberant nose.... but the weight on the palate is impressive. Textured, waxy, lively acidity and a long almost saline finish. This is a food wine that can hold its own with Asian or Mediterranean cuisine and slice through the richness and complexity to make its own statement. An impressive introduction to Ian Brand and a stunning value. Kudos!

1 person found it helpfulMar 24th, 2019
Matt Sterr

Shale / calcareous soils. Ouststanding with good acidity. Oyster wine.

Shale / calcareous soils. Ouststanding with good acidity. Oyster wine.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 9th, 2016
Chris Lucchese

Wow. You can taste it before the glade even hits your lips. Stone fruit and smooth. Fruit and minerality are tremendous. So good!

Wow. You can taste it before the glade even hits your lips. Stone fruit and smooth. Fruit and minerality are tremendous. So good!

1 person found it helpfulMar 19th, 2015
Christine Havens

Produced by Ian Brand from the Kristy Vineyard in Monterey County. The label notes the soil type as fractured sediment from ancient sea bed. At a respectable 13% alcohol, it's surprisingly lean for a California white, with notes of white flowers and wet shell. Lovely zingy acidity, followed by star fruit, lime zest and a touch of salinity on the finish. Great texture and length!

Produced by Ian Brand from the Kristy Vineyard in Monterey County. The label notes the soil type as fractured sediment from ancient sea bed. At a respectable 13% alcohol, it's surprisingly lean for a California white, with notes of white flowers and wet shell. Lovely zingy acidity, followed by star fruit, lime zest and a touch of salinity on the finish. Great texture and length!

1 person found it helpfulJun 14th, 2014
Tony McClung

President Scarpetta Wine

10

This makes me very happy!

This makes me very happy!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 16th, 2013
Drew Summers

Sales Northampton Wines

9.1

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