2016 RR Riesling
Nothing gets a grape grower’s attention like an unusually warm spring. With bud break a full 2 to 4 weeks earlier than average, our nails were well trimmed that season. Our worries were for naught, however, as the sun-soaked mornings and cool, gentle nights held steady until the fruit had set. Small berries and concentrated, 15% lower crop levels caused many a smile when tasting early fermentations from this vintage.
Beautiful platinum-to-light straw color, with lime leaf, lemon curd, and barely-ripe apricot on the nose, that begins to lean into juicy fruit. Accents of passionfruit, melon, and lychee are a luscious tropical twist, but the sweet aromatic fruits are balanced nicely with slate and light wafts of vanilla and ginger. The palate is rich and firm, without being grippy or cloying, showing spiced apple, lovely moderate acid, balanced residual sugar, and ending with a lean lithe lengthy finish.