2009 Potter Valley Riesling

In the winery, we processed the fruit over two days, choosing to use only whole-cluster-pressing, instead of destemming, in order to preserve the delicate aromas and flavors of this cool vintage. Once the juice was clarified, we fermented using a mixture of yeast strains in order to further enhance the complexity of the wine. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in a mixture of stainless steel tanks, and neutral French oak barrels.

It's a wonderful wine to serve to guests as an apertif as they come to your house before dinner, or to enjoy when you're sitting outside.

Elizabeth Schneider
vintage weather

The 2009 growing season in the North Coast was cool, consistent, and long – just what we like to see for optimal development of the rich and complex flavors that make our Riesling such a standout. Harvested on the 8th and 9th of October, this year’s Riesling saw fairly long hang-time and, as usual, it was among the last fruit to come in. All of that extended time on the vine meant that the berries had the time that they needed to fully ripen and build their rich, complex flavors. The cooler weather ensured that the vines were not overstressed, and that the fruit arrived in good condition with no dehydration, intact berries, and very little evidence of Botrytis.

tasting notes

Brilliantly clear in the glass with a pale golden straw color, this wine opens with big aromas of honeysuckle and pear along with a chalky minerality, classic Riesling spice, citron, apricot, and a slight nuttiness. Soft and round on the palate with a fleshy entry, it shows exemplary persistence and fantastic weight throughout. Rich flavors of honey, apricot, and tropical passion fruit flood the mid-palate, followed by a crisp lime note on the finish, and tailing into sweet toasted spice. You're sure to see the bottom of this bottle in a hurry, so you might consider buying more than one. This wine is best enjoyed now through 2014, but it will continue to age gracefully for years beyond that if it is the classic, aged-Riesling petrol that you desire.

Harvest Date October 8 & 9
Bottling Date March 2010
Release Date Summer 2010