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  Pessagno Riesling "La Estancia Vineyard" 2010 (Santa Lucia Highlands, California)
Pessagno Riesling "La Estancia Vineyard" 2010 (Santa Lucia Highlands, California)


 
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Winery: Pessagno
Varietal: Riesling
Region: Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California
Vintage: 2010
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: PESSAGNORIESLINGESTANCIA10-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:

THE VINEYARD
La Estancia Vineyard is one of the last "own-rooted" vineyards that remain in commercial production in California. Phil Johnson and Scott Storm, veterans of viticulture with a combined experience of over 55 years, farm this 25-plus year old vineyard. The low yields of less than 2.5 tons per acre ensure extremely high quality fruit in this cool climate site.

THE VINTAGE
Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature about global warming in the Santa Lucia Highlands. For yet another year – this now makes six in a row – we experienced extremely cool growing conditions that delayed harvest until late October.  The culprit was stubborn of La Nina where the ocean water temperatures were substantially below normal resulting in cool, dry winds. Patience was the name of the game and inclement weather held off until all the fruit fully ripened. Thirty years of winemaking and raising four boys has taught me this.

THE WINEMAKING
The fruit was hand harvested and immediately pressed into a refrigerated tank to cold settle for 72 hours. The clarified juice was racked to neutral French oak barrels where a specialized yeast strain, know for producing floral aromas in Riesling, was introduced. The wine was fermented completely dry and aged for five months in barrel prior to being returned to tanks for bottling.

TASTING NOTES
I am a huge fan of German dry-styled Riesling, and it was a colleague that sparked my interest in making it again after a 15-year hiatus. Apricots, pineapple, and honey are evident in the aroma while crisp acidity and green apple tartness make this wine a perfect accompaniment to spicy Asian food and summer time entertaining. Serve well chilled.


Ratings & Reviews

Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2009 vintage):
"Shows real Riesling character in the dryness, acidity, crisp citrus and mineral and floral flavors that mark this elegant wine. Easy to drink now, with some noble structural features." — S.H. (12/31/2010)

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