The 2011 vintage was one of the coldest since the El Niño and La Niña years of 1998 and 1999. Although the cumulative 2200 growing degree days are slightly higher than those of 2010, the vintage proved dramatically cooler given the very cold, late winter and delayed bud break. In fact, parts of the Arroyo Seco had their first vine-damaging spring frost ever! 2011 was an ideal vintage for our Late Harvest Riesling with cool, moist air ensuring the development of Botrytis, the Noble Rot. Our well-trained vineyard workers selected each cluster by hand, keeping only the perfect Botrytis-affected berries and removing the rest. This is a wine that was truly made in the vineyard.
Our Riesling vineyards lie just north of Cypress Avenue in the heart of our original Greenfield vineyard plantings in the Arroyo Seco AVA. A portion of the vines still in this vineyard were our first White Riesling vines, planted in 1972 by Jerry Lohr. The remainder were planted in 1995. The soils are largely Chualar loam, underlain by stones deposited by the Arroyo Seco River for over a millennium. The winds of the Salinas Valley are particularly intense in this area due to its position at the beginning of an elevated plateau just to the north.
|Origin:||Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA|
|Composition:||100% White Riesling|
|Harvest Date:||October 25, 2011|
|Process:||Hand-harvested in early morning, destemmed and crushed into press for 18 hours of skin contact.|
|Harvest Chemistries:||33.3° Brix, total acidity 0.75 g/100ml, pH 3.02|
|Vinification:||Yeast: Maurivin Unity
Fermentation: In stainless steel and neutral oak barrels for 41 days
Maturation: In stainless steel and neutral oak barrels
pH at Bottling: 3.14
Total Acidity: 0.77 g/100ml
Alcohol: 10.55% by volume
Residual Sugar: 13.7 g/100 ml
Cases Produced: 242 cases (in 375ml bottles)
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 10 to 15 years
This wine is the result of our meticulous selection of only the best Botrytis-affected berries. Its deep golden hues, firm acidity and layers of apricot, citrus oil and honeysuckle are reminiscent of the great Trockenbeerenauslese wines of Germany. The natural sweetness is balanced by both the acidity and palate structure.
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker
Pair with nuts and strong cheeses or crème brûlée, apricot tart or vanilla gelato.