Late Harvest Riesling 2018
$50 / Half-Bottle (375ml)
- Wine & Spirits 93
Our Late Harvest Riesling comes from grapes picked as late as December as we leave them on the vine till the fruit resembles raisins and yields a sweet, concentrated juice. After a long and slow fermentation, the resulting wine is quite sweet, incredibly complex, and absolutely delicious.
Ample rainfall in the spring recharged the soil profile and provided a strong start to the growing season. The weather during the summer featured consistent warmth and sunshine without any major heat spells. Cooler than average temperatures in August and September slowed the ripening process, providing long hang time and leading to complex flavor development. October was mostly dry and warmer than usual allowing us to pick each block at optimal ripeness. The harvest was complete before November and the start of an epic rainy season.
Rich fragrances of jasmine and ripe apricot enchant the senses. Flavors of golden raisins, honey, and crème brûlée are balanced with graceful acidity. Full-bodied and opulent, the wine delivers a phenomenal mouthfeel and exceptionally long finish.
This wine shines when paired with desserts of roasted peaches or apricots in the summer and poached apples or pears in the fall. Chef Chris’ favorite pairing is fire-roasted stone fruit tart with flaky puff pastry, toasted almonds, and whipped cream with just a hint of salt.
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“Clean and zesty, this wine delivers its generous flavors in layers of apricot, nectarine, litchi, gooseberries and persimmon. All that beautiful fruit comes together in a luscious texture, as rich as vanilla custard, the sweetness relieved by notes of straw and hazelnut. One panelist remarked that it doesn’t taste like riesling, while another responded, ‘I don’t care what the grape is. It’s delicious.'” – August 2020