Wine Description & Statistics
|Lafond Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
2009 Late Harvest Riesling
Lafond Vineyard's Riesling vines were originally planted in 1972.
Our long, cool growing season enables firm acids to develop which highlight the flavor intensity that makes this a wonderful fullbodied example of a noble grape we feel is underappreciated in the world.
After rain in mid- October, our 36 year old bench block was left to develop Botrytis.
After a month of concentration on the vines, the grapes were picked and pressed.
Riesling is a popular late harvest dessert wine when grown in the right conditions that will allow sugars to develop, while also maintaining the necessary acidity, very low pH, to keep the resulting wine fresh.
Alcohol is kept low to showcase the purity of fruit courtesy of the Sta. Rita Hills' long growing season.
In its youth, the 09 Late Harvest Riesling showcases aromas of orange blossom, honeyed pear, and burnt sugar. On the palate, stone fruits intermingle and rich viscosity is balanced by crisp acidity.
The finish is long and mouth coating, leaving behind a clean feeling that is far from cloying. Serve slightly chilled in small glasses with a Rustic Peach or Pear Tart.
Suggested retail: 38.00
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Sugar: 36.0 Brix
100% Lafond Vineyard
Santa Rita Hills
100% Stainless Steel
Total Acid: .93
Residual Sugar: 26%
Production: 91 cases