94 Points– Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The long, warm, dry fall of 2014 extended hang times for all of the varietals we farm. Typically we will make one or two botrytis-specific picks in November to form the bulk of our single vineyard dessert wines. But with little to no weather pressure to pull our botrytis-affected Riesling, we extended our late harvests over multiple picks. One result is this Riesling sourced entirely from our Josef Vineyard. It shows the site’s typically broad, tropical acidities but with a lithe agility on the palate.
Underpinned by excellent structure, this dessert wine is fantastic with all manner of goat cheeses, fruit tarts, and spicy charcuterie.
|Estate Vineyard:||Josef Vineyard|
|Harvest :||November 19, 2014|
|Alcohol by Volume:||7.8%|
|Sugar Level at Harvest:||32.3%|
93 Points– Wine Spectator Magazine
A cool growing season and extended harvest in 2013 combine to form a ripe, yet surprisingly delicate Noble Select wine from our Josef Vineyard. Notes of mandarin blossom and bay leaf show at first blush, while crisp acidities dominate the early palate. Only after a few sips do the butterscotch weight and ripe apricot preserve notes we associate with our Noble Select Josefs begin to take shape.
This wine will cellar for decades. To enjoy it before the 2040s, try it with creamy homemade icecreams, pecan pie, and a decadent cheese board.
|Alcohol by Volume:||8.2%|
|Sugar at Harvest:||42.1%|
|Vinification:||Cold Fermentation 7+ Months, Estate grown & bottled, Whole Cluster Press|
93 points– Wine Spectator Magazine
93 Points– Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
The final, 100% botrytis picks from our Magdalena Vineyard evince the structure, topicality, and mouth-coating waxiness we associate with that site’s other Riesling picks. At the extreme sugar concentration achieved with additional hangtime, the Noble Select picks from this site are spice-rich and acid-driven.
A citrus flower and ginger nose open for densely packed flavors of yellow apple crumble and mango puree.
This wine will cellar comfortably for decades. To enjoy now we recommend cheese & charcuterie plates, spicy pork rillette, and peach pie.
|Varietal Composition:||100% Riesling|
|Harvest Date:||November 15, 2013|
|Alcohol by Volume:||11.5%|
|Sugar Level at Harvest:||35.3%|
|Vinification:||Cold Fermentation, Estate grown & bottled, Whole Cluster Press|