Albarino from Odisea

2009 Odisea Dream Albarino Lodi
White Wine; other white varietal; Other California;
$14.98
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From the team that brought you Unusual Suspects, comes another unique and Spanish-centric wine made from 100% Albarino called Dream. It is zippy and charged with citrus fruit aromas, displaying generous amounts of minerality. It just reeks of springtime and provokes thoughts of time spent in the garden sipping and noshing while admiring the flowering bulbs pushing up through the ground. I can’t seem to shake sounding corny and romantic about this wine. I just can’t. More commonly grown in Galicia in northwest Spain, Albarino is a fragrant grape which has grown quite popular here in the States. It is easy to understand its gaining popularity as it is a wine that at its best combines aromatics with vibrant acidity and minerality. Odisea’s Albarino follows this tradition with pungent white grapefruit notes, a trace of lime and a clean dry finish. Winemaker Adam Webb sources most of the fruit from a vineyard in Lodi. The vineyard, aptly named Sueno (or dream in Spanish), was planted with cuttings brought over from Galicia’s Rias Baixas, a denominacion de Origen famous for Albarino. The vineyard is located in Clements Hills a relatively new appellation within Lodi. With the combination of well drained gravely loam and decomposed granite soils, Sueno Vineyard provides the ideal environment for growing quality Albarino. The wine is almost entirely vinified in stainless steel tank, with a small portion of the wine put into neutral French oak and put through secondary fermentation before being blending back.
Odisea is a small operation, evident by the fact that Adam delivers his own wine and most of his wines are produced with fewer than 200 cases made. The other day when Adam delivered us the Albarino, and a few other tasty wines that are listed below, I interrogated him about his favorite food and Albarino pairing. He was quick to answer, “Oysters, and anything else from the sea”. Oysters, makes sense. At the Ferry Building, Hog Island Oyster Bar is serving the Odisea Albarino by the glass. My recommendation would be to reserve a picnic table at Hog Island Oyster’s farm up the coast and take along a few bottles— now that’s a brilliant idea! Until that day comes, I’ll have to settle for something else. At the moment I’ve got mussels on the brain. In fact, I’m planning on steaming a few with some citrus juice, wine and fennel over the weekend. I’m banking on a stellar match. Of course right now I’m thinking mussels because my good friend and colleague Pete is in Bordeaux and just shot me an email describing briefly a few impressions of the ’09s and signed off declaring he was off “to eat some moules frites”. Ce qu’une grande idée –Anya Balistreri
2009 Odisea Dream Albarino Lodi
White Wine; other white varietal; Other California;
$14.98
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Here is a list of other wines from Odisea that are in stock.
2008 Odisea Unusual Suspects Red Wine Clement Hills
Red Wine; other red varietal; Other California;
$14.98
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55% Old Vine Field Blend (90 year old head pruned vines from Mendocino), 25% Grenache, 20% Tempranillo. Only 190 cases produced!
2008 Odisea The Temp Clement Hills
Red Wine; Tempranillo; Other California;
$15.98
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100% Tempranillo from vines planted to a clone from Ribera del Duero. Only 125 cases produced.
2009 Odisea Cochon Grenache Blanc Clement Hills
White Wine; other white varietal; Other California;
$19.98
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80% Grenache Blanc, 10% Marsanne, 10% Roussanne. Absolutely delicious: impressive effort. Only 90 cases produced.
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