Emerald Riesling

Emerald Riesling is a cross of Johannisberg Riesling and Muscadelle. It was created to be a highly-productive cultivar by Dr. Harold Olmo of the University of California at Davis. Emerald Riesling proved valuable, providing much needed acidity to bulk white wine production in California’s Central Valley.

In this hot region, it delivers wines with attractive aromatics and acidity. Only occasionally used as a varietal wine, in the cooler climates of California it has produced wines of moderate to high quality (notably, Paul Masson in Monterey). These wines have shown Riesling-like acidity, with pronounced aromatics. Despite its attractive qualities, it can be difficult to machine harvest. To date, its relative lack of popularity is due to the currently unfashionable wine style it produces, rather than any lack of quality in its own characteristics. The vine’s current acreage in California is mostly limited to Kern and Fresno counties.

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    a dull wine. ordinary taste that you wouldn't want to put in your list of wines to try again on day. it was very inexpensive, so i guess one can't complain. Read More

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