*Full Disclosure: I received this bottle of wine as a sample*
Randal Graham has been a fixture in the California wine scene for decades. Much has been written about his marketing prowess, his intellect and his creativity. All of those qualities are on full display with this fantastic, fun, and unique Champagne method Albarino from the Central Coast.
Graham’s philosophy has migrated over the years and these days he is a strong proponent of healthy farming in search of site expression and vinous balance. Graham is best known for his foray into and ultimately exaltation of Rhone grapes in California – a subject I will cover in a future post on one of his Rhone wines. I have found, though, that it is worth exploring the range of non-Rhone wines from Bonny Doon as they give insight into the true variety of grapes and flavours in California and the quality of such projects when farmed and made well.
This wine is an ideal example of California’s diversity. It is classically expressive of typical Albarino characteristics such as orchard fruit, a hint of citrus and a soft, plush texture. It tastes just like you would expect, except that for such a rare creature you probably have no expectations. It is also happens to be an ideal pairing for Vietnamese food and I can imagine Bonny Doon’s suggested Korean BBQ will also sing.
$36 USD from the winery