2010 was an El Niño vintage. El Niño is a term for warming Eastern Pacific Ocean waters, normally accompanied by above average rainfall in California (which we experienced) and very cool temperatures throughout the growing season. In fact, 2010 was the coolest vintage of the last ten years, and was very similar to the 1998 and 1999 vintages during the last El Niño period. The only significant heat event in 2010 occured in late August, with temperatures soaring just above 100°F for two consecutive days, followed by an immediate return to cool weather for the balance of the vintage. This cool weather preserved the Riesling’s vibrant acidity and accentuated the variety’s minerality. Additionally, we intentionally harvested at a lower level of ripeness - 22.3° Brix - to capture the more delicate fruit qualities of apricot, grapefruit and apple.
The release of the 2010 marks the thirty-fourth vintage of White Riesling from our Bay Mist vineyards in Monterey County. The vines are grown in well drained Chualar and Elder loam soils underlain by stones deposited from the Arroyo Seco, as well as Metz and Arroyo Seco gravelly, sandy loams. The winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season, and the fruit retains the natural grape acids. The pure manifestation of fruit from the vineyards is our primary goal in producing this varietal, employing a combination of cultured yeasts fermented in stainless steel.
|Composition:||96.7% White Riesling,
2.7% Orange Muscat
|Harvest Date:||October 3th to 13th, 2010|
|Brix at Harvest:||22.3° average|
|Total Acidity:||0.73 g/100 ml|
|pH at Bottling:||3.07|
|Alcohol:||11.91% by volume|
|Residual Sugar:||2.09 g/100 ml|
|Vinification:||Stainless steel fermented
M2 (Terpene and thiol varietal character enhancing)
R-HST (Terpene varietal character enhancing)
|Maturation:||Four months in stainless steel post fermentation|
|Bottling Date:||january, 2011|
Pale, youthful yellow color with inviting aromas of pink grapefruit, bosc pear, pippin apple, apricot, rose petal and wet stones. The round palate feel echoes the fruit aromas of pear, grapefruit and rose petal spice, balanced with refreshing fruit-flavored acidity and a slight palate spritz.