2014 was a year of great contrasts for White Riesling. The unusual growing season began with a very warm, dry spring, which initiated early bud break and flowering. Summer, however, was quite cool and windy, tempering back the “earliness” of the vintage and helping to preserve the vibrant fruit flavors and acidity expected from Arroyo Seco Riesling. Conditions in late September and early October were quite humid, fostering the bloom of “Noble Mold” or botrytis in our White Riesling. The decision was made to hold back the most promising section of Griva Block 9 for a late harvest. After many passes over several weeks, we commenced harvest on December 2nd, nearly 45 days after our Bay Mist pick, and brought in a beautiful botrytis-laden White Riesling crop at 33.8 degrees Brix.
In 1998 we began a joint venture planting partnership with our longtime neighbor in the Arroyo Seco, Michael Griva, and in 2006 planted Riesling on a series of small mesas close to the Arroyo Seco River in the heart of the Arroyo Seco appellation, internally designated as Blocks 9 and 10. The soils in the area are largely Arroyo Seco gravelly, sandy loam, with ubiquitous large cobbles deposited by the Arroyo Seco River over the millenia, providing a well-drained medium for the Riesling vines to grow and showcase the Arroyo Seco terroir.
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Delicious now, but can be cellared for 10 to 15 years.15 Years
Pairs well with blue cheeses, nuts, apple tart or tropical fruit desserts.