“For some reason great Rieslings remind me of a Norse legend.  Crafted with balance, left with a touch of sweetness this blonde elixir brings immense flavors and aromas that will ring out in your mouth like the hammer of the gods.  This Riesling is exciting, complex and very age-worthy. Thor would approve.”

– Melanie Krause, Winemaker

The Vintage

The 2015 vintage was not only our 10th anniversary harvest, but also Idaho’s 2nd hottest year on record. This resulted in an early harvest for this milestone vintage, with our first fruit coming into the winery the last week of August, and getting our average heat accumulation to 3400. The Snake River Valley started cooling off around mid-September, which helped develop flavors. Yields were small due to a 2014 November freeze, and cold weather during bud-break in April. We can certainly say that Mother Nature threw us a curveball of conditions as the growing season presented itself quicker, with budbreak in early to mid-April, gradual warming in May with temperature spikes in June. July and August were relatively tame, before cooling off to the 70’s and 80’s for September and October. These conditions created highly aromatic whites, and mature, flavorful reds. Mother Nature gave us a few grey hairs in 2015 but what she served us in the end was worth it!

Tasting Notes

Incredibly intense aromas of kiwi, bubblegum and pumpkin spice invade the senses.  Then the mouth shows you the sophistication of this wine with acid and sugar in perfect balance, lending a clean but noticeable weight.  Want to have some real fun?  Age one of these bottles for 10-20 years and see how much it evolves into a different partner for your senses!

Production Notes

Grapes were picked at 21-23 brix when they had reached full maturity but still held that classic Riesling acidity. Then they were pressed at low pressure for 3.5 hours. Juice was fermented in 100% stainless steel at low temperatures to preserve the fresh fruit aromas.

The Vineyards

Trusdell, Williamson, Skyline, Sawtooth, Symms.

Pairing Suggestions

This wine is crying out for Thai food, spicy molé sauce or perhaps seafood with just a touch of heat.  Explore the boundaries of wine pairings with this selection!