2015 Potter Valley Riesling
Most people we speak with don’t know that we produce Riesling. In fact, we’ve been making Riesling since the early 1970s, when there was more of this variety planted in the Napa Valley than Chardonnay. It’s a fun wine at its core and, more importantly, it’s a feel good wine that welcomes warm weather and Spring flowers upon release. However, this bottle shouldn’t be confused with the mass-market, sticky-sweet imports that set the standard so low many years ago. This Riesling is for those who crave delicious wine, and consequently, can appreciate the delicate aromatics, sublime texture, and rich flavors of this noble grape.
Nose On the nose, tropical fruit and citrus dominate as crushed pineapple, lime leaf, and green apple are closely followed by fresh apricot, peach and fig.
Palate Austere at first, the palate opens to zesty notes of grapefruit, sweet lemon curd, and an almost Champagne-like brightness and minerality.
Finish The finish is lush and intense with just a hint of sweet vanilla and cream.
The consistently mild temperatures and persistent fog are what make Potter Valley an ideal vineyard site for Riesling. While the 2015 crop was picked almost a month ahead of when the 2014 was harvested the previous year, that decision was as much a stylistic consideration as it was a function of the early vintage. The flavors in the fruit came alive at low sugar levels this year, mostly due to warmer than average nights, and so we enthusiastically mobilized the picking crew. While it wasn’t the last fruit to come in for the year, it was sure close.
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