December 10, 2013
Sugar: 36 Brix
Santa Rita Hills
Cool Stainless Steel
Total Acid: .93
Sugar: 19.3% by weight
Bottling Date: April 11, 2014
Production: 354 Cases
Santa Rita Hills
2013 Late Harvest Riesling
Rising in the middle of the western Santa Ynez Valley, the Santa Rita Hills are the distinguishing feature of our AVA, home of Lafond Vineyard and a wonderful area to grow Riesling.
The long, very cool growing season of this area is exemplified by February bud break and September harvest, a long period for vine physiology that creates wines of intense concentration and balanced acidity.
Lafond Vineyard is home to about 15 acres of Riesling. This Late Harvest Santa Rita Hills designated bottling comes from an old block which gives the wine great depth and concentration.
Winemaker's Comments: Picked December 10th, a full month after our other Riesling blocks. This block, of Clone 49, was selected because its large canopy allowed for continued ripening.
After several showers botrytis Cinerea developed further concentrating sugar and acidity. In the winery the grapes were foot stomped (wearing rubber boots). Foot stomping, we have learned, is the most efficient way to break up the Botrytis Raisins and release flavors from the skin.
After soaking for two days the juice was pressed. In order to maintain high sugar and low alcohol the fermentation was stopped by chilling.
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Suggested Retail Price: 32.00/375ml
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