2009 Potter Valley Riesling
Seriously folks, there are just simply too many of you thirsty Riesling lovers out there. You drank us out of the 2009 vintage two-thirds of the way through the year; I was forced to call up our long time Potter Valley friend and grower – Guinness McFadden – to beg for more fruit in 2010. Okay, there wasn’t much (if any) begging involved, but he did agree to sell us an additional 8 tons of Riesling grapes, which brought our production levels up to nearly two-thousand cases for this year.
It was a late harvest for the entire north coast, and Potter Valley was no exception. Coming in at the end of October, the Riesling was one of several grapes that contributed to our Halloween theme of “Tired Grubby Cellar Workers.” The late October harvest allowed for excellent time on the vine, full maturity, and just a touch of Botrytis this season – look for the hint of apricot.
Bright golden straw color in the glass, this wonderfully
aromatic wine shows layers of floral notes - orange blossom and
honeysuckle, along with ripe orange, lime, apricot, and white melon
fruits, all accented with sweet clove and nutmeg spice tones. Soft,
round and fleshy on the palate, this wine shows a strong acid
backbone without pronounced tartness. Rich, smooth, and juicy with
nice density throughout, there are layers of white peach, apricot,
white melon, and Rangpur lime leading into the long, warm and spicy
||October 26 & 27