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Elizabeth Spencer Winery

2015 Riesling, Mendocino

Our Dry Riesling - no residule sugar.


This wine has a beautifully aromatic nose with lovely floral notes and hints of guava, ripe melon and orange blossom. It is bone dry on the palate. The wine is crisp, refreshing and clean with notes of meyer lemon zest, granny smith green apple with stony earth and a whiff of petrol, that classic Riesling note. The finish is smooth. Riesling’s harmonious balance between delicious fruit and lively acidity allows it to pair well with everything from spicy shrimp burritos to the more traditional pairings of seafood, veal and pork chops.
 

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Riesling
Appellation
Mendocino
Alcohol %
14
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our Dry Riesling - no residule sugar. This wine has a beautifully aromatic nose with lovely floral notes and hints of guava, ripe melon and orange blossom. It is bone dry on the palate. The wine is crisp, refreshing and clean with notes of meyer lemon zest, granny smith green apple with stony earth and a whiff of petrol, that classic Riesling note. The finish is smooth. Riesling’s harmonious balance between delicious fruit and lively acidity allows it to pair well with everything from spicy shrimp burritos to the more traditional pairings of seafood, veal and pork chops.
Vineyard Notes
Our grapes for the 2015 Riesling were grown in a family owned vineyard in Potter Valley, which is in Mendocino County just north of Ukiah. Potter Valley’s warmer days and cool nights provides a great climate for grapes of exceptional character and flavor. These climatic conditions result in a long growing season, which is ideal for Riesling. This vineyard is organically farmed and the meticulous care enables this vineyard to produce exceptional quality fruit year after year.
Production Notes
The Riesling grape is very delicate and needs to be handled with care throughout the winemaking process. Our Riesling grapes were carefully hand-harvested. Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit was gently pressed and then transferred into stainless steel. Our Riesling does not undergo malolactic fermentation which helps preserve the tart, acid characteristics. This wine was put through cold fermented to preserve the aromatics, and prevent any secondary Malo-lactic fermentation helps preserve the tart, acid characteristics.
Production
10 Barrels
Other Notes
Vintage: 2015 delivered another stellar vintage. Despite a lighter crop compared to the last two years, the quality and purity of the 2015 fruit is evident . Originally looked like a potentially challenging year with fourth year of drought. A mild winter causing early bud break, followed by protracted bloom and unseasonably cool weather in spring, contributed to smaller grape clusters and variable crop size. We had the earliest start to our harvest and our earliest finish ever. Early harvest is a blessing here as it can get very cold and wet mid-October.
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