2019 Las Brisas RieslingRegular price $30.00
Riesling is among the rarest of grape varieties planted in Carneros. We purchased a scant 1-acre block in the Las Brisas Vineyard which lies on a gentle, west-facing slope in the heart of Carneros. Much like our Estate vineyard, the Las Brisas vineyard is situated adjacent to the San Pablo Bay and is often covered in fog until noon or later when the cool breeze blows in from the Pacific Ocean. Carneros is among the most suitable sites in all of California for this noble variety that originated on the frigid slopes of the German river valleys.
The 2019 growing season will be remembered as a “Goldilocks” vintage. Not too cold, not too hot . . . but just right. Late rains in May had growers biting their nails as these storms can cause damage to vines that are flowering, leading to reduced crop loads. However, sunshine won that battle and the rains disappeared giving way to a long, consistent growing season throughout the summer. No major heat events appeared during harvest time which gave us beautiful ripening at an even pace. Juuuust right.
A small amount of Botrytis Cinerea, known as noble rot, helped intensify the aromatic sweetness of this Riesling fruit as we delayed harvest waiting for full flavors to develop. Traditional German Kabinett style wines provide our inspiration. The grapes are whole cluster pressed into a stainless steel tank then fermented cold to capture the gorgeous aromatics. We further chill down the wine to arrest the fermentation with a touch of sweetness remaining to balance the zingy, lip smacking acidity.