2016 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling


Tasting Notes

The warm winter gave us early budbreak in 2016, starting our season in the beginning of March, a few weeks ahead of a typical year. The weather stayed seasonal and relatively cool over the summer, extending the ripening season to the end of September when we finally brought in our Riesling at the latter end of our harvest (Mark’s Devil’s Gulch Pinot took the last place honor). The long season produced an even more alluring Riesling, with perfect acid/fruit balance that gives this bone dry wine that perception of sweetness we love in our unoaked whites. The nose leads with lemon oil, apple blossom, crisp green apple and pear. Beachy scents of salinity freshness and crushed shells play supporting cast, giving the wine added complexity. The palate is invigorating and energetic with Meyer lemon, white grapefruit and tangerine, with a bit of creaminess to counterpoint the bright citrus. Sourball fruit carries through the lingering, vivacious finish. A perfect quaffer on its own, it also makes an excellent match for all shellfish and other ocean fare.

Winemaker's Notes

Our hedonistic goal in crafting this wine is to maintain the tremendous brightness, focus and freshness that our favorite Rieslings of the world express. It has been said that aromatic varieties (like gewürtz and riesling) show site more than any other because the winemaking least interferes with what comes off the vine. To this end, we ferment the wine in stainless steel at a cool 48 degrees F to retain the fresh esters of fermentation and the central core of fruit. We employ a yeast isolate from Geisenheim romantically named (in the German tradition) 58W3, which emphasizes the estery freshness and gem-like fruit of the variety. The wine sees no malolactic fermentation, and is bottled in the spring after harvest. In order to show off the pristine freshness and ebullient brightness imparted by this wonderful site, we leave no residual sugar whatsoever.

Awards & Accolades

91 Wine & Spirits

90 Planet Grape

4+ Stars Restaurant Wine

2016 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling

Technical Data

Alcohol: 13.4%
TA: 7.1 g/L
pH: 3.20
Winemaking: 100% Stainless Ferment

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