2016 Dry Riesling
The 2016 Riesling was made from grapes sourced from both of our estate vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA. To help maximize aromatic intensity and complexity, the wine was fermented in both tanks and stainless steel barrels. The finished wine was aged on the lees for 5 months with occasional stirring. The results are bright pear, Meyer lemon and orange zest fruit framed by honey suckle and subtle petrol aromatics. Although fermented to dryness, the palate is rich, long and mineral with excellent natural acidity.
An unusually warm spring kicked off another record early grape harvest for 2016. Unlike 2015, which was equally early, 2016 had a much more moderate summer with fewer heat spikes than either 2014 or 2015. A small heat spike during bloom lead to a smaller fruit set with smaller berries. A slightly warmer than usual August shepherded the modest crop loads to full ripeness in record time. As a result, the 2016 wines show stunning concentration and balance when compared to other warm vintages with similarly pristine, ripe fruit. 2016 marks the 3rd consecutive stellar vintage in the northern Willamette.