2017 Dry Riesling
The 2017 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 honeyed pineapple, pear, Meyer lemon and orange zest fruit framed by white flower and subtle petrol aromatics.
After three consecutive, record warm vintages from 2014 through 2016, the 2017 harvest brought the northern Willamette Valley back to more “normal” growing season conditions. Spring was cold and very wet leading to abundant growth and a healthy fruit set. By summer, conditions were warm and dry. Smoke from the Columbia Gorge fire in August actually protected the fruit from sunburn during the hottest days by providing a filter from the sun’s UV rays. As harvest approached, temperatures dropped which opened up a long, beautiful picking window without pressure from rain or heat. As a result, the 2017 wines are gorgeous and show great balance and natural acidity when compared to the previous years.