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Dry Riesling 2019

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Our classic dry style of Riesling made from vines dating back to 1958 from both our estate vineyard sites.

The 2019 offers a vibrant and attractive, harmonizing lime zest, granny smith apples, and petrol stoniness from the Keuka vineyards with fresh citrus and tangerine from the Seneca vineyards. Behind the zingy freshness are a rich body and a discreet creaminess which form a well balanced union ideal for long-term aging.

Pair with Apples, Soft Cheeses, Chicken (Poached, Lightly Prepared), White Fish (Lightly Prepared), Salad (Green Fruits, Seafood), Green Vegetable Dishes, Sushi.
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2019
ACID 8.1 g/L
Varietal Riesling
PH 3.02
Residual sugar 8.5 g/L
AGING Unoaked. 5 Months Lees Aging.
Alcohol % 11.5

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TASTING NOTES

Vibrant and attractive, harmonizing lime zest, granny smith apples, and petrol stoniness from the Keuka vineyards with fresh citrus and tangerine from the Seneca vineyards. Behind the zingy freshness are a rich body and a discreet creaminess which form a well balanced union ideal for long-term aging.


VINEYARD NOTES

Riesling was first brought to the Finger Lakes by our founder. Those original vines dating back to 1958 are still in production. Riesling blocks on our Keuka vineyard were planted in 1958, 1962, 1968, 1976, 1999, 2006, and 2012 with various clones (88, 90, 11, 318, 239, 49, 110, 38). Soils here are shallow, shale-based which add minerality, acidity, and elegance. Riesling was planted in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012 on our Seneca estate vineyard with 90 and 356 clones. Temperatures here are a few degrees warmer than Keuka thus providing riper fruit notes. Soils on Seneca are characterized by deep honeoye silt loam. A small portion of the grapes come from Eric Volz Vineyard, just north across the road from Dr. Konstantin Frank’s plantings on Keuka Lake. Riesling was planted in 1985.


WINEMAKER NOTES

In 2019, budbreak and flowering started about two weeks later than normal. A late start to Spring is becoming the new normal. Temperatures during the summer were moderate, and much cooler than in 2018. August and September were cooler than average. Luckily, the weather in the fall was extremely favorable with extended periods of sunny and dry days followed by cool nights. This offered excellent conditions to fully ripen the grapes well into October.


VINEYARD

60% Seneca Estate, 35% Keuka Estate, 5% Volz Vineyard.

VINIFICATION

De-Stemmed. Direct Press.

VESSEL

Stainless Steel. Temperature Controlled.

FERMENTATION

Unoaked. 5 Months Lees Aging.

ÉLEVAGE

Unoaked.

ACCOLADES

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