Mill Creek Reach is our light, bright, crowd-pleaser. The name describes the land where the vines grow, a broad stretch of rocky clay soil rising up from Mill Creek toward the northeasterly part of our property. Pale straw in color, it's got a slightly tropical bouquet with hints of peach and pineapple on the tongue. It is exceedingly dry with a zingy mouth feel and a fresh tart finish. We suggest you cellar it for six months for maximum reward.
Our 2012 Gewurztraminer is floral elegance in a bottle. It's and intensely aromatic wine with hints of honeysuckle and citrus, and on the tongue it has a bright cirtus taste, some say grapefruit, some say orange peel. This lively mouth feel is followed by a generous viscosity on the finish, which is surprising for so young a wine.
The questions is: Can you make wonderful wine from 65 year-old vines? And the answer is a resounding yes! Peter's parents planted our Riesling vines in 1948, and yes, we've had to replace a few no longer bearing fruit. But our philosophy has always been the older the vine, the more elegant the wine. The 2012 vintage is palest straw in color with .9 percent residual sugar, which frames stone fruit and cantaloupe notes on the tongue. The aroma has a touch of the classic German petrol and minerality as well. This Riesling is perfectly balanced with a delicate intensity and lingering fruit-filled finish.
Our 2011 SHV Chardonnay is an unusually aromatic vintage with hints of peach, pineapple, and honeysuckle wafting from your glass. The mouth feel is light and delicate, and the low pH and good acidity make it a natural for pairing with food. On the palate you'll taste tart green apple followed by a flowery note and a tart minerality reminiscent of the Petit Chablis style of White Burgundy. We think it's a great match with the spicy and rich Coconut Shrimp recipe we love from Hugh Carpenter's Pacific Flavors cookbook.