Wow, a 95 Point White Wine from California, and an Albariño to Boot!
Caught your eye didn’t it? Well, it did mine. I couldn’t wait to get myself a bottle of this potentially outstanding wine to take it for a spin. I didn’t have to wait long as I found it readily available on a couple wine shop shelves.
When I first saw the winery, I was a little perplexed. I hadn’t seen this one before. Eighty Four Winery? So a diggin’ I went.
Was I surprised when I found out that this was a new venture between Doug Shafer (from Shafer Vineyards) and his longtime (since 1984) winemaker, Elias Fernandez. Do you see the distinction now of the 84? 1984, the year they started making wine together. You could have knocked me over with a grape! (Trying to keep this wine centered).
Shafer has been one of only a couple wines that I follow year after year and always look forward to their next big release. At the wine shop, I was finally offered a small allotment of their wines. All great stuff, but lacking one VERY IMPORTANT wine. Their Shafer Hillside Select! Obtaining their Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay and One Point Five Cabernet, with an occasional Relentless I had to make due. Then, one day, I get this call from my wine rep. He says I can get 3 bottles of the Hillside Select. For me, the proverbial Score Whore and Wine Geek, I have just been offered the 2010 offering. 100 Points from Robert Parker Jr and I can’t catch my breath! Nirvana….
Of interest, Doug Shafer lived in Hinsdale, then in 1973 his father, John Shafer, moved his family to Napa. Thus the beginning of a true legend.
Now if that isn’t an obsession, I don’t know what is!
So here I am now, staring at another wine label created by the maestros that is Shafer. With 95 Point rating and, while not a grape of immense popularity, this Albariño, being made by these two, it is a wine worthy of every wine drinker. My opinion only! It is also worthy of the use of my now trusty Coravin. I can get at least two nights of wine and dinner.
Let’s move through the dinner quickly as that was not the featured item. I did have two similar meals planned. Rice with an Oriental sauce, one night with scallops and one night with shrimp. I know, not the most original, but, as I said, the wine was taking center stage.
What about the wine? If you have to ask, you REALLY didn’t get the “Obsession” thing earlier. It was amazing!!! Bright with subtle fruit and citrus notes and acidity that gives it an appeal and ability to go with so many foods, both my dinners included. Just a tick under $30, it isn’t inexpensive for an Albariño, but, and again remembering I’m obsessed, well worth it.
Only released within the last couple years, this new venture has three wines; the Albariño, a Malbec and a Petit Sirah. I hope to be able to review at least one other wine in the near future. Funny thing, knowing how totally obsessed I am, it is a sure bet that one of them will be forthcoming!