Established in 1982, Alba Vineyards is the second largest winery in New Jersey (behind Tomasello Winery). Housed in an old dairy barn built in 1805, the winery produces 16,000 cases a year. The 93-acre estate vineyard is located in the New Jersey upland valleys. The hillside estate is primarily focused on Pinot Noir, Dijon Clone Chardonnay, and Riesling, with minor plantings of Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc and Cayuga. Named New Jersey Winery of the Year in 2013, Alba Vineyards is proving New Jersey wines can compete with anyone!
Made from a cellar blend of estate grown fruit (predominantly Chambourcin), the Alba Vineyards Old Mill Red retails for a very reasonable $9.99. Aged in French oak, the wine offers up a generous bouquet of red fruit on the nose and soft hints of oak and vanilla. Medium-bodied, the palate displays dark cherry, red currant, plum and spice. A very drinkable, enjoyable glass of red wine.