Brick Barn Santa Ynez Valley Albariño 2019

At Brick Barn Wine Estate they make the wines that they love and grow the grapes that inspire them. Founder, Norman Williams, originally purchased the land in Buellton California from the Buell family in 1968. The property then became home to an Arabian horse farm, replete with a 36-stall brick barn created by an Italian stonemason in the early 1970s. 

Norman and his wife Kathleen were drawn to the idea of growing grapes and ultimately making wine. They saw immense promise in their land and they knew that its distinct location could create exceptional wines. In 2012, they planted 35 acres of vines. The original brick barn has now been reimagined as a winery and gathering place, while other portions of the ranch continue to be dedicated to organic vegetable farming and cattle ranching. 

Winemaker Adrian Bolshoi grew up in the small Eastern European country of Moldova, home to the world’s top wine-producing regions. As a small child he assisted his grandfather making wine using grapes grown from the family’s own small vineyard. These cherished experiences inspired Adrian to study enology at the Polytechnic University of Moldova. In 2011, he landed an internship at a winery in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley and never looked back. Adrian joined Brick Barn Wine Estate as the winemaker just before the 2019 harvest. He is known for making wines with exceptional balance, depth of flavor, and sense of place. 

The 2019 Albariño is light, crisp, and fruity. It is a delightful balance of tart apple and pear on the nose with sweet fruits in the middle. Subtle hints of pineapple, pear, peach, and grapefruit dance on the palate and are followed by a finish of lemon, crushed rock, and sea salt. Fairly full bodied with a short finish. When I tasted this wine I was impressed, tons of fruit forward flavor with a creamy finish. As an introduction to Albariño, I was not disappointed! 

Albariño is a friend to all things from the sea. It pairs exceptionally well with white fish; my favorite is a nice juicy grilled fish taco. Fish, seafood, ceviche, oysters, mussels, clams all sing with Albariño next to them. The grassy notes of this wine also play well with fresh green herbs so put some salsa verde on your fish taco and enjoy! 

Jennie Kaplan Woodson – December 2020

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