2016 Reserve Riesling

91 Points/ Year's Best Finger Lakes

Wine & Spirits Magazine

88 Points

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Fresh green apple and lime with delicate honey flavors, braced by distinct minerality. From vine to bottle, our Reserve wines reflect our commitment to producing high quality wines that speak of vintage and place within the Finger Lakes.

Print Wine Notes
Wine Type:White Wine
Varietal Composition:
Appellation:Finger Lakes
Harvest Date:10/07/2016
Acid:7.6 g/L
Bottling Date:06/15/2017
Residual Sugar:1.3%
Alcohol %:11.3%

Tasting Notes

Candied lime peel and freshly squeezed orange juice dominate the nose. Notes of tropical fruit salad persist on the mid-palate, giving way to a structured finish.

Winemaker Notes

8.33 tons of R2 Riesling grapes were machine harvested on October 7, 2016 with harvest chemistry of 21 Brix, a TA of 7.4 g/L, and a pH of 3.13.  The fruit was crushed, destemmed and pressed in a single lot. After pressing, the juice was settled for 3 days.

The juice from this pressload was the juice used to create the 2016 Reserve Riesling (650 gal), the 2016 Archival Riesling (475 gal), and the 2016 Wild Ferment Dry Riesling (123 gal).

650 gal of the cleared juice was racked, warmed, and inoculated with Epernay 2 yeast. The fermentation stuck at ~1.6% sugar on the 95th day of fermentation, on January 11th.  It was re-inoculated with UV43 yeast, and fermented to 1.3% residual sugar.  The total length of fermentation was 110 days.

The wine was racked off the lees on 02/20/17.  It was chilled for another 12 weeks to cold-stabilize it.  The wine was bottled (without labels) on 06/15/17.

This wine is vegan friendly.

245.3 cases were produced.

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