Tangent Albariño Edna Valley Jack Ranch Vineyard 2006

External Review by Appellation America:

Albariño is a white grape traditionally grown in Spain’s Galicia region, but it seems to have found another suitable home in California’s Edna Valley. The Niven family, longtime Edna Valley growers and the owners of the Tangent brand, have made a major commitment to Albariño, with plans to cultivate more than 50 acres of it. Until their own fruit starts to become available in 2008, the Nivens are sourcing the grapes from the Jack Ranch Vineyard, owned by the Weyrich family of Martin & Weyrich in Paso Robles. (Jack Ranch has a little more than five acres of Albariño.) The idea behind the Tangent brand is to create fresh, vibrant whites of intense varietal character, so the Albariño spends no time in oak, nor does it go through malolactic fermentation. The wine is bright and racy, with flavors of tangerine and lime, a slight stony note and persistent acidity. Winemaker Christian Roguenant suggests drinking this Albariño as an aperitif or pairing it with any simply prepared shellfish. And don’t worry about a corkscrew: All the Tangent wines are sealed with a screw cap.

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Tangent Winery:
Welcome to tangent, where pure flavor and alternative varietals intersect. And that’s not just an intriguing marketing phrase. Well, it is, but we really mean it. We start with grapes of intense varietal character, grown in the cool, temperate Edna Valley. Winemaker Christian Roguenant works his magic, and we ultimately bottle fresh, crisp and vibrant white wines. No Chardonnay in sight. Not ... Read more
Welcome to tangent, where pure flavor and alternative varietals intersect. And that’s not just an intriguing marketing phrase. Well, it is, but we really mean it. We start with grapes of intense varietal character, grown in the cool, temperate Edna Valley. Winemaker Christian Roguenant works his magic, and we ultimately bottle fresh, crisp and vibrant white wines. No Chardonnay in sight. Not that we don’t love Chardonnay; we do. (Check out www.baileyana.com and you’ll see why.) An option is always welcome however, especially when it comes to eating. Most food seems to cry out for clean, lively wines with good acid structure. So we set out to find these wines, and realized there are few here in the States. We also found that no California winery was purely focused on alternative whites. And as our family has given us the incredible opportunity to create and manage new projects, we realized we really had something here. Something we could build for now, and for generations in the future. With our access to some of the best cool-climate vineyards – which is where most of these varietals thrive – we thought we’d be nuts not to give it a shot. Whether we’re nuts or not is a matter of personal opinion. But we do believe that tangent wines exemplify true varietal character and there is place for them on any table. We hope you give them a try and let us know what you think. Read less

External Reviews for Tangent Albariño Edna Valley Jack Ranch Vineyard

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Albariño is a white grape traditionally grown in Spain’s Galicia region, but it seems to have found another suitable home in California’s Edna Valley. The Niven family, longtime Edna Valley growers and the owners of the Tangent brand, have made a major commitment to Albariño, with plans to cultivate more than 50 acres of it. Until their own fruit starts to become available in 2008, the Nivens are sourcing the grapes from the Jack Ranch Vineyard, owned by the Weyrich family of Martin & Weyrich in Paso Robles. (Jack Ranch has a little more than five acres of Albariño.) The idea behind the Tangent brand is to create fresh, vibrant whites of intense varietal character, so the Albariño spends no time in oak, nor does it go through malolactic fermentation. The wine is bright and racy, with flavors of tangerine and lime, a slight stony note and persistent acidity. Winemaker Christian Roguenant suggests drinking this Albariño as an aperitif or pairing it with any simply prepared shellfish. And don’t worry about a corkscrew: All the Tangent wines are sealed with a screw cap.




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