20 years ago, in my youthful days of wine drinking, the thought of drinking a Riesling sounded about as good as the thought of eating halibut cheeks or octopus, interesting because of the off-dry method of making Riesling was quite popular at the time...
2005 Stony Hill White Riesling
A Napa Valley chef told us recently that Stony Hill White Riesling had become his wine of choice at home. We totally agree and often start a party with it because it pairs so well with crab and shrimp hors d'oeuvres, spicy Asian flavored canapés, bowls of fresh-picked peas, or apple and foie gras combinations. Our 2005 vintage is pale straw in color with a very delicate nose of flowers and fruit, a mere whiff of the depth to come. Tasting the wine, the stone fruit flavors surface, in particular white nectarines come to mind. It's a tad drier than usual at .8 percent residual sugar and is so fresh and palate-pleasing that it's a great sipping wine now and will develop richness and complexity over time.
|Farming:||Dry farmed||Age of Vines:||11 - 57 years|
|Appellation:||Napa Valley||Varietal:||100% White Riesling|
|Grapes:||Grown, produced and bottled at Stony Hill||Harvest Date:||9/1/2004|
|Fermentation Time:||Typically, sixty percent of the wine is fermented down to 1 to 1-1/2 percent residual sugar in stainless steel in 10 to 30 days. The other forty percent of the wine is fermented dry in aged, 172 gallon puncheons from Stuttgart, Germany, at which time the||Fermentation Temp:||50 degrees|
|Aging Time:||6 months in stainless steel||Filtering:||Sterile filtered to remove yeast|
|Bottling Date:||3/10/2005||Total Acidity:||.64%|
|Aging Potential:||5 years +||Production:||338 Cases|
|Release Date:||September 2005||Price at Winery:||$18.00 per bottle|
This whisper-dry riesling at 12 percent alcohol is exactly like its German and Austrian forebears and just as food friendly.
" California's riesling producers gamely flout the conventional wisdom that the state is too warm for such a cool grape. Tell that to Stony Hill, which has been producing a steely Napa Valley iteration since 1957."