2017 RR Riesling, Ridgecrest Vineyards
Ah, a classic bone-chilling, damp Oregon winter. That’s the ticket. The vines pushed through in mid-April, only to be followed by a roller coaster of weather — record highs and lows throughout the late spring and summer kept us guessing, and thinning crop as necessary. Huge fires in the Columbia Gorge and Southern Oregon meant delayed maturation due to smoke, leading to higher acidity levels. Wise decision-making in the vineyard was key to the success of this vintage.
The brilliant platinum-blonde color intimates brightness from the start, and this wine delivers it in spades. This wine is all about tension — on the nose and in the mouth — with vibrant and beautiful jasmine, honeysuckle and peach aromatics, which then carry over to lemon curd and passionfruit on the palate. These exotic flavors are a foil for the focused, bright acid that argues strongly for food, as well as the mineral structure elucidated by that tight, focused acidity.