2012 Stony Hill White Riesling

Vintage:   Wine:
The question is: Can you make good wine from 65 year-old vines? And the answer is a resounding yes!

The questions is: Can you make good 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.

2012 Stony Hill White Riesling
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Tech Details

Farming: Dry Farmed Age of Vines: 23 - 64 years
Appellation: Napa Valley Varietal: White Riesling
Grapes: 100% grown, produced and bottled at Stony Hill Vineyard Harvest Date: 9/17 - 9/18
Fermentation Time: One hundred percent of the wine was fermented down to .75 percent residual sugar in stainless steel for approximately three weeks. Fermentation Temp: 50 degrees
Aging Time: 6 months in stainless steel Filtering: Filtered to remove yeast and inhibit malolactic fermentation
Bottling Date: March 28, 2013 Total Acidity: .70%
Residual Sugar: .9% Alcohol: 12.3%
pH: 3.22 Aging Potential: 5+ years
Production: 324 cases Release Date: September 2013
Price at Winery: $27.00  

Press

What To Drink Now: Riesling
2011 Stony Hill White Riesling

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...


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2010 Stony Hill White Riesling

This whisper-dry riesling at 12 percent alcohol is exactly like its German and Austrian forebears and just as food friendly.


A Geography of North American Riesling
Stony Hill White Riesling

" 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."