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Old-vine Johannisberg Riesling

Old-vine Johannisberg Riesling Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: Andre Tchelistcheff, the legendary dean of american winemakers once wrote that he saw Temecula as the place to produce one of the greatest Rieslings. He cited two reasons: Riesling matures there very late, as it matures in the upper Rhine. And they are grown in gravelly, light, granitic soils which are only available there. Many of Temecula's best winemakers consider Yakut Vineyards Rieslings as the premier Riesling grapes of Temecula. The Riesling grapes have the advantage of retaining their acidity while achieving high levels of sugar. This fact lead to the production of wines with long aging potential. Riesling has a sweet,spicy flavor, with a taste of peaches and apricot. Its crisp acidity results in a well balanced wine, easy to drink as an aperitif or as a complement to fish or poultry. Treat yourself to a bottle of this excelent wine.

Varietal Definition
Johannisberg Riesling:
A white-wine variety widely grown along the Rhine river and tributaries - (e.g: Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Mosel, Nahe regions etc.) - in Germany and also in other temperate regions of Europe. It is also grown in N. America, where it can produce a flowery, fruity dry wine with high acid and low alcohol not unlike the german "Kabinett" version or a semi-dry style with some residual sugar similar to the german "Spatlese" version. If infected with appropriate amounts of "botrytis", it can make outstanding late-harvest wines - (e.g: comparable to the german "Auslese" series). The Finger Lakes region of New York state in the U.S. produces excellent versions in the Mosel style and the North-West coast of N. America seems to have the right conditions for creating the richer, earthier Rheinhessen taste, as do the cooler regions of California. Australia now produces excellent versions of the dry, crisp Alsation-style, as well as fruitier semi-sweet Mosel-type wines, as has New Zealand in recent years.
On the sweeter end of the spectrum, some of the best dessert wines should give thanks to the Riesling varietal. Riesling is known for its complementary nature of combining balanced acidity with sugar. Rieslings are made dry to sweet, but it is the sweet style Riesling that brought about its popularity in the United States. With the rise of spicy sauces, marinades and dips to flavor our meal, Riesling plays a part in taking off the edge of the heat. Riesling is known for a number of signature characteristics: floral, citrus and pear. Riesling has peaked in California with 11,000 acres planted. Today, Monterey County’s cool-climate areas and its long growing season produce good amounts of character for the Riesling grape. Outside of


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