Wyncroft 2013 Estate Riesling (Dry), Avonlea Vineyard, Lake Michigan Shore
Item Number: 10953
Sub Region: Lake Michigan Shore
Appellation/AVA: Lake Michigan Shore
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Avonlea Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 85
2013 Vintage Notes: 2013 was an excellent year with plenty of warmth to ripen the large crop. The grapes ripened perfectly with rich flavors and balanced acidity. There was sufficient rainfall and just enough at harvest to bring on about 10% noble botrytis. The results are wines that combine crisp acidity with clean, ripe elegance and smooth flavors.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were harvested very late in October to achieve maximum ripeness. Whole cluster pressing was done to minimize oxidation. The juice was racked off its sediments the next day and inoculated with Épernay 2 yeast to extract delicate fruity aromas and flavors, rich body, and a long finish. The wine was fermented dry.
Tasting Notes: This Alsatian-style Riesling has aromas of pear, white grapefruit, apricot pit, and a savory mineral streak. On the palate, it is fat and silky with intense crisp flavors echoing the nose. The finish lingers long with a wet slate note to top it all off. This is a big wine that somehow manages to be subtle, elegant, and powerful simultaneously, while displaying the typical terroir from Avonlea’s mineral-rich clay soils.
Food Pairings: This Avonlea Riesling will complement all pork dishes and seafood such as bluegill, fresh trout, scallops, crab and lobster. The body and fresh fruit flavors make it possible to enjoy, as well, with sashimi and moderately spiced Asian dishes. Another favorite pairing is with Jarlsberg cheese, prosciutto, and fresh sliced apples and pears.
Winemaker’s Comments: "This Riesling comes from a one half acre plot on a stony clay knoll in the center of the Avonlea Vineyard. In its youth it is subtle and austere, and takes a number of years to begin showing all it has to offer. It is very age worthy. The 1999 Avonlea bottling is drinking in its prime now, so this wine will reward cellaring." - Jim Lester