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2022 Riesling
  Cluster Select Late Harvest
  Anderson Valley, Mendocino
  (375 ml) - $39.00 Buy Now!
  (750 ml) - $79.00 Buy Now!
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In August 2022, we crafted a story for Navarro's upcoming holiday newsletter, highlighting our 2019 Cluster Select Gewürztraminer. At the time we weren't optimistic about future production of botrytis-affected wines in a drought-stricken California. The required humidity for botrytis cinerea, the magic behind our sweet wines, seemed unlikely. Our misplaced predictions were met with an unexpected storm in mid-September 2022, causing our Riesling grapes to rot. Yet, amidst the challenge, a rainbow emerged. The botrytis intensified the grapes' sugars, acids and flavors, resulting in an exquisite sweet wine with intense peach-apple-apricot flavors, high acidity, and a scintillating finish. Winemaking is a humbling journey where nature dictates the outcome. Gold Medal winner. Best of Show.

[above] The September 2022 storms brought perfect conditions for botrytis, the noble rot, to spread rapidly. As the grapes approach ripeness botrytis shrivels the fruit, concentrating the juice and adding a pleasing apricot-honey element to the wine.

Harvested: Oct. 8, 2022 Sugars at harvest: 38.8° Brix
Bottled: Mar. 3, 2023 Cases produced: 372
Alcohol: 10.7% Residual sugars: 20.6%
Titratable acidity: 10.9 g/L pH: 3.10

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