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Red Wines
2008 Chambourcin
2008 Heritage
Old Mill Red
2008 Estate Pinot Noir
Chelsea Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Chelsea Cellars 2007 Merlot
Chelsea Cellars 2009 Syrah
Chelsea Cellars 2008 Malbec “Voyager”



White Wines
2010 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
2010 Dry Riesling
2010 Gewurztraminer
Mainsail White
2010 Riesling
Rosa
Chelsea Cellars Dry Rosé



Dessert Wines
Apple
Blueberry
Dolcina
Forbidden
Red Raspberry
2009 Vintage Port

Vidal Blanc

Exhibiting complex characters of citrus and melon, our Vidal Blanc is aged with a hint of oak to give this wine a dry, crisp finish that compliments a wide variety of foods from seafood, poultry, salads, fruits and cheeses.

This variety of grape was first developed in France about a century ago, but today is most widely planted here in the Northeast United States. Wine from Vidal Blanc grapes is finished in several different styles, from dry wine aged in oak to a late harvest ice wine. Our winemaker has worked with this grape since 1983, and he has come to understand its characteristics very well.

The flavor profile of Vidal Blanc is very interesting: with floral aromatics similar to Chenin Blanc, it often exhibits an enticing, subtle lilac aroma. On the palate, bright citrus flavors are accented by herbal overtones, much like Sauvignon Blanc. Our winemaker has created from this unique grape a wine similar in style to those of France’s Loire Valley.

To produce such a wine, our Vidal Blanc is fermented cool, at 55 to 60 degrees. A small percentage is fermented in toasted French oak; this allows the wine to retain the floral aromas and citrus and herbal tones, but lends subtle accents of vanilla and nut, derived from the contact with the oak. After fermentation, the wine is kept on its yeast sediment (the lees,) which is stirred roughly every two weeks. This process, known as “sur lees” aging in France and widely used in the Loire Valley, continues for a period of 4 to 6 months. It contributes a rich, creamy texture to the wine, which balances the naturally higher acidity and creates a more harmonious wine. It is then bottled young, about eight months after fermentation, to capture all of the rich freshness in the bottle.

Vidal Blanc 2005



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Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Alba Vineyard & Winery
269 Route 627
Village of Finesville
Milford, New Jersey 08848
Phone: 908-995-7800
Fax: 908-995-7155


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