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Alexana Riesling Willamette Valley Revana Vineyard 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Bright and slightly creamy on the nose with passionfruit, guava, floral and peachy aromas that fill the glass. A little sweet at first then very light on its feet with lovely acidity that is fresh and taut yet well integrated. The fruit is a bit more gentle on the palate than the nose promises but this has lovely freshness to its lime, green apple and mandarin flavors that are underlain by a fine sandy quartz note, elegantly flowing into a long, mineral laden and green apple toned finish. 92pts

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Varietal: Riesling
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Alexana Winery:
Alexana Wines was born of Dr. Madaiah Revana’s love of the great wines of Burgundy. In the spring of 2005, Dr. Revana began a search for both the ideal region and an experienced winemaker with the goal of making Pinot Noirs that could rival those from Burgundy. His search ended in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where he met Lynn Penner-Ash. Lynn’s reputation stretches beyond the borders of Willam... Read more
Alexana Wines was born of Dr. Madaiah Revana’s love of the great wines of Burgundy. In the spring of 2005, Dr. Revana began a search for both the ideal region and an experienced winemaker with the goal of making Pinot Noirs that could rival those from Burgundy. His search ended in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where he met Lynn Penner-Ash. Lynn’s reputation stretches beyond the borders of Willamette Valley where she has crafted world-class wines for two decades. She has established herself as a premier winemaker of Burgundian-style wines with her label, Penner-Ash. Wine Spectator said she brings “the perfect blend of science, artistry and passion…. Her signature style has brought a new perspective” to winemaking. Lynn was aware of Dr. Revana’s vision and commitment to producing world-class wines. She knew of his Napa Valley winery, Revana Family Vineyard, whose Cabernet’s produced by winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett have quickly gained status as among the best in Napa. After agreeing to work together, they began looking for a vineyard property that could become the foundation of a great estate Pinot Noir program. Lynn’s vivid descriptions of the microclimates, soils and elevations of the Willamette Valley’s Dundee Hills appellation gave them an immediate focus. Fortuitously, they found an 80-acre property in the famed Dundee Hills of Willamette Valley. Sixteen acres had already been meticulously planted with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. After purchasing the property, further acreage was developed and a wide range of Pinot Noir clones were planted. In 2006, the first two wines, a Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir were made from the property. A third Pinot Noir was made from the famed Shea Vineyard. Dr. Revana then gave the wines and the property their name, Alexana – after his daughter Alexandra Revana. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Alexana Riesling Willamette Valley Revana Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,241
4.50 5
10/21/2013

Bright and slightly creamy on the nose with passionfruit, guava, floral and peachy aromas that fill the glass. A little sweet at first then very light on its feet with lovely acidity that is fresh and taut yet well integrated. The fruit is a bit more gentle on the palate than the nose promises but this has lovely freshness to its lime, green apple and mandarin flavors that are underlain by a fine sandy quartz note, elegantly flowing into a long, mineral laden and green apple toned finish. 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,241
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 03/13/2013

Intense and perfumed on the nose, with lime fruit framed by gardenia like floral notes; a suggestion of sweet vanilla and orange cream. Intense with super vibrant acids supporting really pretty ripe peach, lemon and green apple fruit that has a faintly candied edge. There's a little sugar here, but the intense acidity deftly whacks it to the ground and kicks it while it's down. The finish is all blazing citrus fruit riding a lightning bolt across a dry stony riverbed before smashing into a fruit basket filled with pears, apricots and tangerines topped with a hint of sweet spearmint. Maybe not the most complex Riesling out there but certainly one of the most fun. Shazaam! 93pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,241
4.60 5
10/21/2013

Four and a half glasses




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