2018 MTGA Dry Riesling
It is finally here!
For those that have followed us for a while you know that Riesling in the Napa and Sonoma areas is increasingly hard to find as vineyards are torn out and replaced with other varieties. Our vineyard, just outside the town of Sonoma off of Bonneau Road, fell to that same fate. While we were sad to see it go in 2017 it did open the door for a new source to be found. Unfortunately that did not happen until about this time last year for the 2018 harvest but it was well worth the wait!
The 2018 MTGA Dry Riesling hails from the Dry Creek Valley appellation, northwest of Healdsburg and the Russian River Valley and west of Alexander Valley. Historically Zinfandel has been the most prominent red wine variety planted with Sauvignon Blanc being the most popular white wine variety. Similar to other growing areas you always have some outliers who plant more than just the “usual” varieties.
Our newfound vineyard site sits at about 1500 feet of elevation above Lake Sonoma. Due to its elevation, it generally sits above the marine layer that flows into Sonoma making it a warmer vineyard site than what you might expect. However due to the vineyard’s orientation and slope it receives nearly two hours less direct sunlight than other sections of the hillside. This blend of warmth, rich soils but less sunlight on the hillside it is planted on provide complexity that we have not seen previously in our prior Riesling releases.
With the change in vineyard sites we did have to make some slight adjustments to the winemaking process to ensure it stayed true to what has become our style of Dry Riesling. Starting with the fermentation process we added in a small amount of neutral oak fermentation to add an extra layer of complexity but also balance out some of the richer characteristics of the wine. The remainder was all fermented in stainless steel barrels. The fermentation process took a little over one month to complete but provided a very bright, fresh final product.
Once the fermentation was complete we racked the wine off of the heavy lees and topped off the barrels for aging. Over the last 8 months we have seen this wine gain more complexity and balance while in a combination of neutral oak and stainless steel barrels. All of the separate small lots were blended together to create roughly 107 cases total from the 2018 vintage.
As of the bottling date our newest release of Dry Riesling is everything that we could hope for. It has an awesome combination of bright, fresh characteristics such as Meyer lemon that broaden out to freshly carved pineapple. It has a super crisp acidity making it the perfect chilled-down beverage for a warm afternoon or evening.
We hope you enjoy drinking our 2018 Riesling as much as we did making it!
Mike & Britt