2016 Semi-Dry Riesling
A total of 6.3 tons of ripe estate grown Riesling was harvested by hand on October 19, 2016. These grapes had 21.8 brix natural sugar, 0.85 TA and a 3.13 pH. The grapes were destemmed and a portion of them were cold soaked. All of this must was then pressed and inoculated with yeast. A cool fermentation of 57-58 degrees lasted for 20 days. The wine was eventually cold and heat stabilized and then filtered and bottled on April 18 & 19, 2017. The finished win has 0.80 TA, a 2.96 pH, 2.0% residual sugar and 11% alcohol. 336 cases produced.
This vintage of Semi-Dry Riesling is a great follow up to the delicious 2015 vintage. Expressive aromatics and flavors are vivid reminders that this wine is crafted from a ripe vintage. Fruit forward aromas of grapefruit and peach leap from the glass. These aromatics are present on the palate along with nectarine, lemon zest and nuanced floral characteristics. This wine has a wonderful texture and slightly chalky feel but the wine does not cling to the palate. Racy acidity balances the slight amount of residual sugar found in this wine and the finish lingers a bit. It is drinking very nicely right now but also has excellent aging potential. Drink now and into the late 2020s. Pair this Riesling with smoked salmon and trout, roasted chicken or turkey and fresh peach pies and tarts.