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2020 Riesling
  Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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Typically our Anderson Valley Rieslings contain a tiny amount of residual sugar—about 0.5%—from a small addition of sweet Riesling to a bone-dry wine. The final staff tasting for this 2020 bottling included five wines with varying levels of sweetness: completely dry and four wines with sweetness additions of 0.12%, 0.25%, 0.37% and 0.5%. The wine bottles were only identified by a number and the wines were tasted blind and rated. Perhaps we've been influenced by sampling dry, modern German Rieslings during the last few years; the tasting staff in this tasting all got excited about the wine labelled #36 and, once revealed, it was the wine with no sweetness added. This bottling is a blend selected from three vineyard blocks.

[above] Dan harvesting the fruit from four Riesling vines—included as a small part of this bottling. We planted these vines almost 30 years ago against the barrel room wall. A friend had “imported” some cuttings from a famous German estate but we were concerned about introducing a new pest, so we planted them away from our vineyards.
Harvesting Campsite Riesling in September 2020. [below] We pick four rows simultaneously with two sorters stationed at each bin; in adjacent rows buckets of grapes are passed under the vines to the sorters who dump the fruit and remove any leaves or unwanted clusters.

The largest component—45% of the cuvée—was harvested from the upper rows of our Campsite vineyard planted to clone FPS10 and contributes flavors similar to green apples. The second largest component—36% of the cuvée—was harvested from Valley Foothills Vineyard and adds a peach-like quality to the wine. The smallest lot—19% of the cuvée—is from the lower rows of our Campsite vineyard planted to clone N90 on an early ripening rootstock so its flavor suggests red apple more than green. This is a wine that pairs perfectly with Dungeness crab and Mendocino black cod; it is very dry and flavorful with a lengthy palate-cleansing finish that invites another taste. Gold Medal winner.

Harvested: Sept. 10 to 24, 2020 Sugars at harvest: 22.8° Brix
Bottled: May 6, 2021 Cases produced: 1,368
Alcohol: 13.2% Titratable acidity: 7.0 g/L
pH: 3.22

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