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Riesling, Old Mission Peninsula

Riesling, Old Mission Peninsula Wine Details
Price: $18.00 per bottle

Description: Why Riesling? Riesling is elegance. Riesling is balance. Riesling is vibrant…indefinable by a single style. Riesling is an improvised harmony of sugar and acid, sung by nature and accompanied by the winemaker. Left Foot Charley’s debut Riesling was grown during a cool 2004 summer. The lame summer segued into a perfectly warm, sunny autumn on Old Mission Peninsula. This ripened the sugars while the acids remained firm. The fermentation lasted weeks before petering out with less than 1% residual sugar remaining. We let the wine simmer down and meld with the yeast for five months. Left Foot Charley likes his Riesling slightly dry – with Michigan whitefish. We bottled 200 cases. There would have been more if not for those scrappy starlings. Next year Charley will outsmart them. He’d better - next year he’ll have a second vineyard to tend …Pinot Grigio!

Varietal Definition
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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