2005 Stony Hill White Riesling

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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.

2005 Stony Hill White Riesling

Tech Details

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%
Residual Sugar: .8% Alcohol: 12%
Aging Potential: 5 years + Production: 338 Cases
Release Date: September 2005 Price at Winery: $18.00 per bottle


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