2016 Bismark Riesling 750ml
Vineyard: Our Bismark Mountain vineyard is located in the Moon Mountain District, high above the city of Sonoma and the San Pablo Bay. Here on the southwestern flanks of the Mayacamas Mountains, amid 67 acres of red grapes, we planted 100 vines of clone 239 Riesling on a Rhyolitic slope. In this harsh mountain environment, it took seven years to produce enough fruit to bottle.
Winemaking: We manually pressed the fruit, stopping at 0.4 bar to avoid bitterness. We pressed to a stainless drum to which we added dry ice to chill the juice for settling. The Riesling was fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeast. After dryness we aged it on the lees for nine months. In early June we racked the wine off lees, and sterile filtered it before bottling.
Tasting Notes: Our Riesling is very pale in color with aromas of Moorpark apricots, cold kerosene, sweet pea blossom, kumquat zest, and apple cart. By mouth it's bright and long with flavors of apple, apricot, and Fantasia nectarine.
Variety: 100% Riesling