Etxea Albariño – Organic with natural practices
Etxea is a partnership between Ryan Pass and Luisa Bonachea. Ryan studied Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis and has been working in the industry for ten years, while Luisa practices trademark law, helping establish wine brands.
Etxea means “house” in the Basque language and gives homage to Luisa’s Basque roots, the Spanish origins of Albariño (from Galicia in NW Spain), and the Basque grape Hondarrabi Beltza, a descendant of Cabernet Franc. Their goal at Etxea Wines is to make a “house” wine from unique vineyard sites and varietals that you can enjoy every day and with every meal.
Sourced from Rorick Heritage Vineyard, a 2000 foot elevation site high in the Sierra Foothills with steeply planted vines and limestone-rich soils. This rare geologic gem is located in Calaveras County, just outside of the old mining town of Murphys, and has a stunning diversity of sun exposures, elevations, temperatures, and soils. Etxea’s Albariño block is organically farmed and has Northeast facing slopes of schist and limestone that see warm days and cool nights, driven by high elevation.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast This site is famously high-elevation (2,000 feet) and rich in limestone soils. The resulting white here is remarkably fresh, energetic, and bursting in green apple and melon. With a light touch to the oak and ripeness, it retains an earthy minerality of sea spray and wet stone, that’s deliciously memorable.