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About Havens Wine Cellars
Prior to selling his winery, Michael Havens made Merlot in a distinctly Bordeaux style, with a restrained sweetness and notes of lead pencil, minerals, game and tobacco leaf. He was also a pioneer of California Syrah in a distinctly northern Rhône style, typically showing notes of dark fruits, black pepper and gunflint.
88-90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2005
($24; tasted after the filtration but a couple of days before the bottling) Aromas of spiced apple, underripe peach, lime blossom, nutmeg and banana. Juicy, tightly wound and quite dry, with brisk flavors of bitter almond and mint. The malolactic fermentation was blocked by chilling the must. Havens normally has to de-acidulate this wine, but not in this case. This is barely 12% alcohol, with a very low pH of 3.23. Havens, incidentally, describes his albarino as his easiest wine to sell-a testament to the domestic market's thirst for fresh, food-friendly, unoaked white wines. My favorite vintage yet for this bottling.