2022 Brecon True Acacia Head (Best of Show - White Wine!)

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2022 Brecon True Acacia Head (Best of Show - White Wine!)
2022 Brecon True Acacia Head (Best of Show - White Wine!)

This is a Lion in a forest kind of wine. It really stands out in a virtual thicket of  “Johnny come lately Albariño’s.” Now, I do suppose that it would be barrels from a stand of Acacia, in which this wine is slowly fermented, rather than a gnarly Oak woodland. BTW, the uniqueness of fermenting this wine in Acacia brings elegant white peach, nectarine, and citrusy nuances, giving it a zesty bite and a veritable roar of aromatics. Now in this clever tail, we all know Lions don’t roam the hallowed Forests of France but I would love to pair this wine with a golden sunset on the Serengeti.

Best of Class, Best of Show - White Wine. International Women's Wine Competition, June 2023

94 pts. Sunset International Wine Competition, June 2023

95 pts. California State Fair Wine Competition, June 2023

92 pts. I-Wine Review, August 2023

Production notes

Robinia Pseudoacacia (European Acacia or Black Locust) has been used in France for many generations on varietals such as Viognier or Sauvignon Blanc. In 2015 Brecon saw a natural affinity between these varietals and our cool coastal Albariño’s. What actually started as a winemaker's simple curiosity (a couple of Acacia Head barrels locked up under the stairs, à la Harry Potter) morphed into this exciting new wine style. P.S. It’s technically a false Acacia originating in the South Eastern USA.

Varietal Composition100% 2023 Albarino, Slo Coast
13.9% AL Paragon Vyd
84.2 % AL Jack Ranch Vyd
1.9% Albarino Spanish Springs Vyd
AppellationSLO Coast
AgingDrink Now-2028
Residual Sugar0.18g/100ml
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/24/2023
Cases Produced273
Country of OriginUNITED STATES

Our winemaker who is known for his “growly growls” and “terrifying tails” has dragged his powerful paws for years in hopes of finding the perfect grape selection to make a little more of this Albariño. Yet again he has just stuck to our tried and true, which has the oldest planting of Albariño in the Central Coast. We did however include a smidgen fruit from other SLO Coastal vineyards this vintage that adds a complexing component.

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