2017 Dry Riesling, McFadden Farm
This is one of the most aromatic and lovely Rieslings that we’ve ever made, from organically-grown grapes high in the mountains of Potter Valley on the east border of Mendocino county. These gnarled 30+ year-old vines grow in white, rocky, chalky soil, tucked up against the cool hillsides of the east side of the valley. Just off-dry, the wine has a firm structure and midpalate and a very slight hint of sweetness in the finish. With its lush texture, great balance of fruit and acidity, and complex minerality, this wine is lovely to drink right now, but is also appropriate for mid-term aging in your cellar.
We picked the fruit very early in the morning, to keep the grape bunches cold, and then gently pressed the clusters in our Italian grape press for three hours to intensify the fruit flavors without extracting harsh seed tannin. The wine was settled overnight and cooled, and then fermented in a stainless steel tank. The wine started fermenting almost immediately and then slowed as we controlled the fermentation temperatures to not exceed 65 degrees. After fermentation, we kept the wine on its lees to gain texture and complexity. The wine was bottled in early February, and the resulting wine has powerful aromas, a mouthfilling velvety structure, and a depth of flavor that makes it one of the most age-worthy Rieslings we’ve ever produced.
Production: 509 cases
|Color:||Pale gold and bright clarity|
|Aroma:||Extremely aromatic floral notes of jasmine and rose, mixed with hints of grapefruit, finishing up with stone fruit, pear and chalky minerals|
|Taste:||Complex riesling featuring stonefruit—apricot and peach—as well as grapefruit, dried apricot, and pear. Light bodied, just off-dry, the wine’s slight sweetness is balanced with spiciness and a crisp acidity. On the finish, pear, grapefruit, minerals, earth, and a touch of fennel spice dominate.|