Producer: Blenheim Vineyards
Region: Monticello AVA
Blend: 100% albarino (100% estate)
ABV: 12.7%
Price: $23*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Blenheim Vineyards 2018 Albarino

Blenheim Vineyards 2018 Albarino

88 points

I may have tasted this beautiful wine from Virginia's Blenheim Vineyards in December – but it's a perfect wine for the dog days of summer too.

The nose starts out with sweet green apple and lime qualities, but as it warms, it takes on a bit more of a tropical feel with just a hint of sea breeze salinity.

On a juicy, fresh, lighter-bodied palate, some passionfruit joins the same green apple and lime flavors. Very fresh and refreshing, the finish lingers a bit with a distinct note of golden raisin at the very end.

Further evidence that we need more albarino not only in Virginia, but up and down the East Coast.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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