Riesling is a white grape believed to have originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Our Riesling comes from McFadden Farm and is located in the cool grape-growing region of Potter Valley at the northeast end of Inland Mendocino County. This Riesling vineyard block has a rich history and in certified organic and the oldest Riesling vineyard block in Mendocino County.
The 2014 harvest season was marked by severe drought throughout California, with only some rain in spring that helped saved the year. This is also considered to the earliest harvest season in over a decade, as well as a very condensed one, with sparkling wine production beginning in July and still wine finishing by mid-October. Even with all the obstacles handed to us by Mother Nature, the quality of the wines is as high as the last two vintages for many varietals. Small berries played a big role as they brought more density and intensity of flavors to the finished wines.
The nose displays notes of Meyer lemon and honey, with a hint of petrol in the background that is so distinctive of this varietal. The palate is lean and shows great amount of natural acidity that contributes to a bright and crisp finish.
Appellation: Mendocino County
Sub AVA: Potter Valley
Certifications: CCOF Organic
Year planted: 1970
Elevation: 1000 feet
Orientation: North to South
Soil: Pinole Gravelly loam
Yield: 4 tons/acre
Harvest date: October 4, 2014
Fermentation: Whole cluster pressed and stainless steel fermented at 55ºF to dryness. No malolactic fermentation.
Aging: Aged in neutral French oak for five months with lees contact and stirred once a month to increase mouthfeel.
Cases produced: 146