2017 RR Riesling, Ridgecrest Vineyards

2017 RR Riesling, Ridgecrest Vineyards

Along with 11.4 g/L residual sugar, this wine lists a pH under 3.0, which translates to plenty of tangy, searing acidity. The balance between those two elements is fantastic, setting up a well-textured palate with apple flesh and skin, wet stone, a streak of gun metal and just a faint hint of honey.

Drink now to 2030. PAUL GREGUTT


94 points ‘Cellar Selection‘ – Wine Enthusiast

Vintage Notes 2017

Ah, a classic bone-chilling, damp Oregon winter. That’s the ticket. The vines pushed through in mid-April, only to be followed by a roller coaster of weather — record highs and lows throughout the late spring and summer kept us guessing, and thinning crop as necessary. Huge fires in the Columbia Gorge and Southern Oregon meant delayed maturation due to smoke, leading to higher acidity levels.

Wise decision-making in the vineyard was key to the success of this vintage. Pondering the potential effects of each decision, and good, old-fashioned prognostication go hand-in-hand in years like this. It was possibly the most unusual, thought-provoking vintage to date. We played our cards beautifully and are thrilled with the results. We know you will be, too.

Tasting Notes

The brilliant platinum-blonde color intimates brightness from the start, and this wine delivers it in spades. This wine is all about tension — on the nose and in the mouth — with vibrant and beautiful jasmine-honeysuckle and peach aromatics, which then carry over to lemon curd and passionfruit on the palate. These exotic flavors are a foil for the focused, bright acid that argues strongly for food, as well as the mineral structure elucidated by that tight, focused acidity.

Technical Data

alcohol: 12.0%
TA: 7.3 g/L
pH: 2.96
RS: 11.4 g/L
119 cases produced
release date: February 2020
drink: now – 2032 – or longer if you can wait!

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