The long, very cool growing season of this area is exemplified by February bud break and September harvest, a long period for vine physiology that creates wines of intense concentration and balanced acidity.
Riesling’s allure over that of other white wine is the necessary precision and attention to detail that goes into making this wonderfully versatille noble grape maintain its racy acidity and interestingly complex flavor profile.
In Alsace and Austria Riesling is traditionally made into a very dry wine. Winemaker Bruce McGuire has experimented over the years with different levels of sweetness, measured by residual sugar, from dry to late harvest style.
Lafond Vineyard is home to about 15 acres of Riesling. This dry Santa Rita Hills designated bottling comes from an old block which gives the wine great depth and concentration.
Winemaker’s comments: 68% from 38 year old vines. These lend structure and density while the young vines provide aromatic brightness.
Suggested Retail Price: 20.00
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