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2018 Riesling New!
  Deep End
  Anderson Valley, Mendocino
  (750 ml) - $29.00 Buy Now!
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Botrytis dramatically reduced our 2018 Riesling grape harvest by more than a third and much of the fruit we did have was used to produce the Cluster Select Riesling. What remained in the field were very ripe clusters—most with fresh botrytis but without the dehydration needed for a dessert wine. The botrytis would add an apricot-honey character, but since it had not yet increased the sugar in the remaining fruit, it was possible to craft a dry wine. The grapes were destemmed and pressed without any skin contact time, then the juice was cool-fermented and aged sur lie for five months in oak ovals as two lots. One lot was comprised exclusively of a California clonal selection and the other one featured two clones—one from Germany and one from Alsace. A cuvée was selected from the two lots, and because of ripe fruit and fresh botrytis, the wine is intense with flavors suggesting apple, pear and apricot. Double Gold Medal winner.

A cluster of riesling that is starting to dry and and concentrate flavors due to botrytis
[above] The raisins in this photo were shriveled by botrytis, a rot that dominates in cool viticultural climates?in spite of the greyish mold, they taste delicious. The shriveling doubles the concentration of Riesling's apple-citrus flavors and the botrytis adds intense flavors that resemble apricot and honey.
Ted hiking through Camp riesling vineyard under a large pepperwood tree
Ted hiking through Camp Riesling. [above] This vintage of Deep End was selected from two lots grown in this cool, valley-floor vineyard.

Camp Riesling vineyard near a line of trees under a blue sky.

Specifications
Harvested: Oct. 18, 2018 Sugars at harvest: 24.6° Brix
Bottled: April 30, 2019 Cases produced: 401
Alcohol: 13.9 % Residual sugars: 0.71%
Titratable acidity: 7.7 g/L pH: 3.20

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