Peter Franus Napa Valley Albariño 2016 comes from a single vineyard in the cool climate of Carneros, Napa Valley. Forward and aromatic, varietally correct, with zesty acidity. Flavors are bright, lively, and persistent. Always great acidity with Albariño, but what elevates the 2014 for me is how it seamlessly integrates with the structure of the wine. That translates to a bit more richness than previous vintages.
This Spanish grape makes a wonderful, food-friendly wine and the Stewart Vineyard in Carneros produces one with enticing aromatics, vivacious crispness and intriguing complexity, plus it’s one of the rare vineyards in America where Albariño is grown. A basket of aromas and flavors leap from the glass, including grapefruit, orange blossom, green apple and marzipan, and a racing acidity brightens the finish. If you’re looking for a distinctive and unique wine from Napa Valley, this is it.
Peter Franus Napa Valley Albariño 2016 is light straw in color with aromas consistent with previous vintages, honeysuckle, citrus blossom, toasted almond, ginger, and stone fruit.
Peter Franus’ winemaking philosophy is simple: great wines come from great vineyards. With his 30 plus years experience in Napa Valley, Peter Franus can identify the vineyards that are truly the best of the best in order to source the absolute highest quality fruit and create the highest quality wines. He relies on his own intuition, experience, and takes a minimalist approach to the winemaking process and with this, each of his wines hosts their own unique personality and character.
Napa Valley’s first vines were planted in 1839 and just 50 years later, over 140 wineries were in operation. Fast forward to 1976 with Napa Valley being thrown into the spotlight with the Paris Tasting, where California wines out-performed their French counterparts, shocking winemakers of the world and putting Napa Valley on the map. With its ideal winegrowing temperate climate, mountain ranges, and proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Napa Valley is now the most sought after California wine. Check out other wines form Peter Franus here!