2011 Potter Valley Riesling

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you’re drinking too much of our Riesling! Even with our increased production in 2010, we still ran out before Christmas. This is not a bad thing; just be sure to share your bottles with friends and neighbors so that everybody can have some…. Thankfully our longtime grower, Guinness McFadden, was happy to oblige us with a bit more fruit in 2011, but still not as much as we hoped for.

vintage weather

The third year in a string of cool and late vintages, 2011 was great for allowing long, slow flavor development and the intensity that we love from the grapes having longer hang time on the vine. The challenge this season in Potter Valley was rain and the high humidity that followed – a good combination for growing Botrytis. By the time we harvested the Riesling, that “noble rot” had taken good hold, so look for the classic flavors of apricot and honey that are so common with botrytized wines. This wine will develop that petrol character common to the great German Rieslings sooner than other vintages and will likely lose that bright golden hue sooner as well, so drink up and don’t forget to share!

tasting notes

Pale gold in color, this Riesling opens with floral aromas of honeysuckle and candied orange, layered with pear, spicy honey, and rich Charentais melon. The palate shows a nice smooth entry; full and round, but not heavy, with good crisp acidity.  Flavors of lemon zest and tart mandarins lead the way and are followed by light stone fruits, honey, and poached pear - all rounded off with a warm, subtle, spicy finish.  As with all of Montelena's offerings, this is a food wine, and should pair quite nicely with seared scallops (among other things).

Harvest Date October 18 & 21
Bottling Date March 2012
Release Date June 2012