Dessert Wine

  • Noble Select Riesling 2014

    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.

    Grape: 100% Riesling
    Estate Vineyard: Josef Vineyard
    Harvest : November 19, 2014
    Alcohol by Volume: 7.8%
    Sugar Level at Harvest: 32.3%
    Residual Sugar: 19.3%
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  • Noble Select Riesling Josef Vineyard 2013

    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.

    Grape: Riesling
    Harvest: November 15
    Alcohol by Volume: 8.2%
    Sugar at Harvest: 42.1%
    Residual Sugar: 28.4%
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  • Noble Select Riesling Josef Vineyard 2010

    92 Points & 93 Points
    Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits Magazine
    94 points (2008 Vintage) & 92 Points (2008 Vintage)
    Wine & Spirit Magazine and Wine Spectator

    The peak of ripeness in a warm year with a long fall, the 2010 botrytis picks from our Josef Vineyard were stunningly weighty. The Noble Select dessert wine from these picks shows a beautiful nose with honeyed citrus and lychee. Intense, mouth-coating flavors of clover honey and apricot extend to a finish of layered pine sap and allspice.

    This wine will cellar for decades. To enjoy it before the 2050s, open with triple cream cheeses, foie gras, or an creamy chocolate dessert.

    Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    Harvest Date: November 12th & 17th, 2010
    Alcohol by Volume: 7.3%
    Sugar Level at harvest: 49.2%
    Residual Sugar: 34.5%
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  • Noble Select Riesling Magdalena Vineyard 2013

    93 points
    Wine Spectator Magazine

    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%
    Residual Sugar: 16.1%
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