Arrowood Vineyards and Winery Arrowood Special Select Late Harvest White Riesling Hoot Owl Creek Vineyards 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Three decades ago Richard Arrowood produced America’s first Special Select Late Harvest Riesling. It came at a seminal point in California's vinous development, when vintners were discovering that they could indeed compete with the world's finest on an international stage. Since then Richard has gone on to produce dozens of intensely flavored dessert wines inspired by Germany’s famed Trockenbeerenauslesen. To produce a Special Select Late Harvest conditions must be perfect. Fortunately, the weather cooperated throughout the 2005 growing season. The winemaker must also be a gambler, willing to wait long enough for the development of Botrytis, or noble mold. Hoot Owl Creek Vineyards in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley has been an important source for Late Harvest Rieslings over the years. Each morning the site is blanketed by thick fog that rolls in from the Pacific Ocean to the west. The moisture from the fog helps with the development of Botrytis, an essential ingredient in this style of wine. The golden color is an indication of the wine's extraordinary intensity. The nose is explosive with apricots, butterscotch and marmalade. The palate is thick, unctuous, luscious and honeyed. The supporting acidity keeps the wine lively and balanced. This is pure and absolute nectar!

Region: USA » California » Sonoma County

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Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wi... Read more
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wine for more than four decades. Before founding Arrowood, he was winemaker and the first employee at Chateau St. Jean. There he produced the winery's first releases: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and a wine that may have very well put Chateau St. Jean on the map - a Select Late Harvest Riesling. Arrowood Winery opened while Richard was still the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and for the first three years Alis ran the winery while Richard fulfilled his obligations at Chateau St. Jean. She dragged hoses in the cellar, topped barrels and ran the bottling line. She spent weekends entertaining, giving tours and hosting wine tastings. The first Arrowood wines were released in 1988. Read less

Three decades ago Richard Arrowood produced America’s first Special Select Late Harvest Riesling. It came at a seminal point in California's vinous development, when vintners were discovering that they could indeed compete with the world's finest on an international stage. Since then Richard has gone on to produce dozens of intensely flavored dessert wines inspired by Germany’s famed Trockenbeerenauslesen. To produce a Special Select Late Harvest conditions must be perfect. Fortunately, the weather cooperated throughout the 2005 growing season. The winemaker must also be a gambler, willing to wait long enough for the development of Botrytis, or noble mold. Hoot Owl Creek Vineyards in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley has been an important source for Late Harvest Rieslings over the years. Each morning the site is blanketed by thick fog that rolls in from the Pacific Ocean to the west. The moisture from the fog helps with the development of Botrytis, an essential ingredient in this style of wine. The golden color is an indication of the wine's extraordinary intensity. The nose is explosive with apricots, butterscotch and marmalade. The palate is thick, unctuous, luscious and honeyed. The supporting acidity keeps the wine lively and balanced. This is pure and absolute nectar!

232 cases produced.

Aged in Steel.

Notes: 100% stainless steel fermentation; primary fermentation arrested prior to completion to preserve natural aromas and flavors

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 10.5% pH: 3.5
Sugar: 17.4 grams per liter Total Acidity: 0.65 grams per liter

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