Pale straw with silver highlights, this aromatic wine leaps out of the glass with intense yet delicate notes of candied lime zest combined with orange blossom, fresh apricot, crushed granite, and a faint hint of petrol. Off-dry on the palate, flavors of yellow peach and fresh nectarine along with ripe green apple and chalky minerality highlight the balanced acidity and slight hint of sweetness.
La Estancia Vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Hand picked and selected from 2 different blocks.
The winemaking intention was to have a Riesling that was just very slightly off-dry. The wines acidity to be balanced by a hint of residual sugar. Rieslings I personally lean toward (typically from Mosel, Germany) are made in this style.
We got the opportunity to pick fruit from 2 distinct blocks and clones. After destemming, crushing and pressing the juice was cold-clarified for two days and then racked off to ferment slowly to capture the aromatics and personality of the grapes. Fermentation was stopped to preserve a hint of sweetness.
This wine is drinkable now, and will likely develop with age, perhaps over 10-12 years.
- Mark Hoover, May 2019
Food Pairing Notes
This wine is the perfect accompaniment to spicier dishes, including Thai and Indian food, spicy bbq chicken and pork, and even Buffalo wings! Works well by itself as an aperitif or as warm day picnic wine.
The lots were brought in from the vineyard and processed through to clarified juice. After two days of settling, the clear juice was racked off the solids and separated into 3 different lots. Different fermentation and yeast protocols yield subtly different results that when blended make a a more interesting and complex wine. Fermentation proceeded very slowly and each lot was stopped with a hint of remaining sugar to balance the acidity and fulfill the intended style of an off-dry wine. One lot we actually stopped too early, and re-initiated fermentation to get the sugar down to our target. The lots were combined then aged in stainless steel until the wine was fined and filtered prior to bottling. - Mark Hoover, May 2019