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...
2012 Stony Hill White Riesling
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.
|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%|
|pH:||3.22||Aging Potential:||5+ years|
|Production:||324 cases||Release Date:||September 2013|
|Price at Winery:||$27.00|
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."