Alba Vineyard & Winery

Wine is a beverage of origin, defined by its environment, nurtured by its farmers, and guided into the bottle by its vintners.   Here at Alba we believe in sustainably farming premium grapes and crafting them into exceptional wines of great consumer value.  Ideals rooted in traditions of hard work, pushing the envelope, and sharing special moments over great food and fine wine with family!

 

Red wines

 

2014 ESTATE PINOT NOIR

Alba Vineyard currently has one of the largest Pinot Noir vineyards on the East Coast. This quintessential Burgundian variety is very particular about the location of where it thrives. It loves limestone soils and cool climates well suited to Alba’s terroir. 2014 was an exceptionally dry year with an early harvest. Our Estate 2014 Pinot Noir features nicely perfumed aromas of cherry, blueberry, and blackberry. Rich, full-bodied, and smooth-textured our Pinot delivers a pure core of dark fruit and wild berry flavors that are intense and persistent. This is an elegant wine that offers depth and expressiveness on a long lingering finish with structure to age well for years. 

The 2014 Estate Pinot Noir is extremely versatile when pairing with food. Meat, poultry, pasta, and grilled fish are some of the many accompaniments that would go beautifully with this fine estate wine.

 

2013 CHAMBOURCIN

Chambourcin is a grape of unknown origin that has been widely planted in France, the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and to a lesser extent in Australia. Here in New Jersey, this variety has found ideal conditions to produce an enticing medium to full bodied red wine. Our Chambourcin is a good example of this grape's potential in our New Jersey vineyards. It exhibits dark plum and dark cherry nuances in the perfumed aroma and rich flavors. Aging in French oak barrels gives this wine attractive overtones of mocha, vanilla and roasted nuts. Serve with full flavored dishes; we especially like it with grilled beef or roasted lamb.

 

2013 HERITAGE CABERNET FRANC

Harvested in October at the end of a warm, dry autumn, the estate-grown Cabernet Franc was picked at optimum quality. Concentrated fruit combined with 24 months in the finest French oak barrels, the 2013 Heritage is velvety and suave, with alluring dark fruit and mocha, well built and richly structured. The tannins are big but ripe and balanced on a long expressive finish. Enjoy with robust sauces or grilled meats in the company of good friends!

 

Rosé

 

2016 CHELSEA DRY ROSÉ 

SUMMER IN A BOTTLE!

Crafted from our estate grown Chambourcin hand harvested on October 12, 2016. Planted at 2,300 vines per acre, and cluster thinned back to 3 tons per acre to concentrate the true flavor potential of this unique varietal. Harvested at night, the only processing of the cold fruit was a soft whole cluster press to retain the aromatic fruit character of the grapes.

A long, slow, cool fermentation preceded Sur-Lie aging for 6 months in stainless steel tanks which resulted in a dry and crisp wine with a nose of fresh strawberry and watermelon.


White Wines

 

2015 ESTATE RESERVE CHARDONNAY

Dijon clones planted in high density on a southern facing hillside enriched with natural limestone, along with a near perfect ripening season, all combine to make our 2015 Estate Chardonnay a wine of extended depth and texture. 

Hand harvested at optimal ripeness on September 10th 2015. Whole cluster pressed, fermented and aged sur lies in 100% Francois Freres, 85% new, 15% one year used French oak barrels. In late autumn, the wine completed malolactic fermentation to help soften the finish and broaden the palate with additional layers of complexities.

The result is a truly exotic style; ultra rich, pure and lively, with peach, nectarine, smoke and honey dew notes giving this a wealth of core flavors ending with a long sustained finish.

 

2015 DRY RIESLING

Riesling is one of the world’s greatest wine grapes. When properly grown and vinified it can have great intensity, a wide range of flavors, wonderfully rich and complex bouquet, and will age longer than almost any other white wine and longer than many reds. Unfortunately it has been used to produce many sweet, thin, uninteresting wines in recent years, which has diminished the reputation of the Riesling variety. 

Winemakers in the Northeast are fortunate to have many vineyard sites that grow excellent quality Riesling grapes. Taking advantage of this, we wanted to produce a wine that exhibited all of the great qualities of Riesling, in a pure, completely dry style, similar to the Rieslings produced in Alsace. For this we use only the best grapes available and ferment the clarified juice very slowly at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit for up to six weeks. This allows for maximum retention of the fragrant aromatics and crisp natural acidity. Maturation was completed in stainless steel tanks to retain the purity of flavor. 

This is not, by any means, just an academic exercise. The resulting wine is crisp and clean with rich, pure, clear Riesling character. It is especially suited to pair with many “Pacific Rim” seafood dishes, grilled seafood, dishes that are slightly salty, such as those with olives or capers, or with many salads. It also goes well with a variety of cheeses and is especially refreshing in hot weather. You don’t miss the sweetness a bit! This wine is delicious now, but will continue to develop and age for 4 to 6 years.

 

2015 RIESLING

The near perfect ripening season in the fall of 2015, with warm, sunny days and cool nights was ideal for developing one of the nicest Riesling crops we’ve harvested at Alba.

Fermentation was slow and cold to retain all of the rich, ripe fruit character. The finished wine, while slightly sweet, is well balanced due to the high acidity of the grapes and exhibits a wonderful tropical aroma with hints of mango and pineapple on a long friendly finish. Our 2015 Riesling is a classic example of what this versatile grape has to offer.

Alba Riesling goes especially well with cheese and fruit, seafood, or simply for enjoying with good friends.

 

2014 GEWÜRZTRAMINER 

That wine that starts with a “G”. That is what customers will say to us on occasion – and of course, they are speaking of Gewürztraminer. It is a mouthful so practice your pronunciation if you are unsure. GA-VERTZ-TRA-MEENER - phonetically is a good start. 

Gewürztraminer is part of a class of wines called “the aromatic whites”. Others in this class include Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc. Gewürztraminer, with the exception of the Moscatos’, is probably the most aromatic of the aromatics.

The good thing about Gewürztraminer, and most of the whites with big fruit characteristic, is that they do best in cooler climate wine regions like our vineyard. Some of the best Gewürztraminer’s come from the Alsace region of France, that country’s coolest wine region, with its nose of rose petal, citrus, and spice our new 2014 Gewürztraminer is made in the Alsatian style - full bodied but dry. We recommend Gewürztraminer with spicy cuisine like Thai food and other Pacific Rim dishes.


Cuvée

 

MAINSAIL WHITE

Our winemaker’s goal in creating Mainsail White was to make a wine that is suited to everyday consumption: easy to drink, light but flavorful, dry but with a soft finish. When asked how to describe it, we often say that it is like an aromatic Pinot Grigio. Our vineyard estate cuvee is blended from Chardonnay, Riesling, and Traminette, to enhance the aroma. The wine is fermented cool, at around 55 or 58 degrees, which brings out the fruity flavors, and is then matured in stainless steel tanks so that it retains its fresh character. Around the winery, we call it the “Wednesday Night White” because it seems to go with just about any dish and fits the mid-week dinner budget. 

 

 

Rosa Rosé

“Not just another pretty wine!” A delicious depth of berry flavor accented by hints of peach and grapefruit and finished with a soft touch of sweetness. Alba Rosa goes well with a variety of foods. Enjoy with light meats, fruit dishes and salads, or simply sipped chilled with someone special.

 

OLD MILL RED

Produced in a style for everyday enjoyment, our Old Mill Red is a medium-bodied wine packed with cherry and dried fruit character that finishes soft and velvety. Made from a cellar blend of estate grown fruit, Chambourcin, Pinot Noir and a little Cab Franc, hand harvested in mid-October. After pressing, the Old Mill Red blend is aged in French oak barrels for up to one year. Old Mill Red is perfect with pizza, pasta, grilled foods, or any other full-flavored dishes. 


Dessert Wines

 

2011 vintage port

Our 2011 Vintage Port is crafted from estate grown Chambourcin grapes that were hand harvested in October 2011. We make our port in the old world style by crushing the grapes in open top fermenters and inoculate with classic French yeast so fermentation can proceed until the correct balance of alcohol and sugar is obtained. Pot-stilled brandy is added to halt the fermentation process, leaving just the right amount of natural sweetness.

Aging for 30 months, in small French oak barrels, has melded the rich, lush cherry character of the ripe fruit with the warming touch of the pot-stilled brandy. It is a delicious, unique wine that will develop and age for many years. This Port bursts with a warm, jammy texture and finishes with a hint of sweetness. Enjoy after dinner with a selection of fine chocolates or robust cheeses.

 

red raspberry

This is a wine that is truly unique. It is produced entirely from whole red raspberries, fermented on the skins for twenty days to maximize the fresh berry character. The wine is finished sweet, with a slight tart edge to provide a rich berry experience without a cloying, syrupy finish. As a result, it is one of the few wines that can marry well with chocolate desserts. It is delicious mixed with Champagne, as in a “Kir Royale,” or simply served in a small glass as one would serve port or sherry. Our winemaker made this wine for the first time in 1983, and it has since received numerous regional, national, and international awards, most recently scoring a gold medal in the World Wine Competition and a double-gold medal in the Tasters’ Guild International Competition (2006).