NOSE: Mild. Melon, a hint of ginger! Later, huge apple aromas.
TASTE/MOUTHFEEL: Lychee, melons, slightly sweet. A thread of ale. Oval at first, more vertical later, but beautifully balanced. Honey. Later, more stone—funny! Usually we pick up on the stone/minerals at the start. A surprisingly velvety, weighty mouthfeel.
FINISH: Just right.
LABEL NOTES: Wente Vineyards, established in 1883, is the country’s oldest continuously operated family-owned winery. Our Riverbank Riesling is Estate Grown along the banks of the Arroyo Seco River in Arroyo Seco, Monterey. The Wente family sustainably farms nearly 700 acres of vineyards in this region, where the long, cool growing season and gravelly soils produce extraordinary Rieslings with classic flavors of red apple, spice, and perfectly balanced acidity and sweetness for an excellent mouthfeel. Enjoy.
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VINEYARD: The Arroyo Seco Appellation is defined by a unique geological feature called the Arroyo Seco Cone. Composed of soils, water sources, and wind streams that differentiate it from the Salinas Valley and the Monterey Appellation, it was created over eons by the flow of the Arroyo Seco as it spills down from the Santa Lucia Mountains. This funnel-shaped region appears at the edge of steep slopes where the river has cut a deep ravine, forming an imposing riverbank. On the southern edge of this ravine, Riesling flourishes in the deep rocky soils.
FERMENTATION: The grapes were cold fermented in stainless steel. Fermentation at lower temperatures highlights the natural fruit flavors in the grapes. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation, helping to retain its crisp acidity.
AGING: The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks.
For more information on the winery’s history and sustainability practices, and their other wines, please visit http://www.thefrugalwinesnob.com/?p=758 (2010 “Morning Fog” Chardonnay), http://www.thefrugalwinesnob.com/?p=1004 (2009 “Sandstone” Merlot), and http://www.thefrugalwinesnob.com/?p=1008 (2009 “Southern Hills” Cabernet Sauvignon).
Sample received for review.