“For some reason, great Rieslings remind me of a Norse legend. Crafted with balance and 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. Complex and very age-worthy; I suggest you drink this beside my Viking funeral pyre. Thor would approve.”

– Joe Schnerr, Founder/Co-Owner

The Vintage

The 2016 vintage was a warm, gentle season, unusually long for the Snake River Valley, with a cool fall. The spring started early and warm, the summer was gentle with lots of days in the 90’s but few over 100 degrees F. September cooled down significantly, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and the winemaker to pick at exactly the optimal time for the style desired. The yield was ample enough to merit thinning the crop to leave only the best clusters. The white wines are elegant with lively, balanced acids and the reds are intensely fruity with long, textured finishes. 3100 growing degree days.

Tasting Notes

This wine is an intense elixir…with aromas, flavors, residual sugar and high acid all contributing to a tropical and spicy experience. You’ll taste lemon custard tart, allspice, melons and a touch of ginger when you drink our Riesling. Be prepared for a big experience…on a scale of 1 to 10 we’d give this an 11.

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

Bankhead, Williamson

Pairing Suggestions

This wine is crying out for Thai food, or perhaps rich crab cakes with just a touch of heat. Explore the boundaries of wine pairings with this selection as it pairs with “everything!”

Awards

2016 – Best of Class & Double Gold Medal – Cascadia Wine Competition – Wine Press Northwest

2016- Best of Show- Idaho Wine Competition

2016- 90 Points- Wine Enthusiast


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