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Arrowood Viognier Russian River Valley Saralee's Vineyard 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

This Beerenauslese-styled 2007 Select Late Harvest Riesling contains 21.7 grams of residual sugar. Complex aromas of honey, apricot, white peach, and orange peel carry over onto the palate with a clean viscous mouthfeel. The noticeable sweetness is entirely balanced by a crisp acidity in the finish. We expect this wine to age gracefully for many years to come. You can enjoy it alone or match it with peaches, pumpkin, apples, or pears in your favorite configuration. Consider offsetting tastes, like sharp cheese. You can also think about pouring it over ice cream. All possibilities are hedonistic. Richard Arrowood has had a fascination with Late Harvest White Riesling that extends well over 40 years. He is California's undisputed master of Auslese, Beerenauslese, and Trockenbeerenauslese-styled sweet Rieslings. These are lush, nectarlike wines with a crisp acidity that carries the fruit flavors into a lingering finish. Our 2007 Select Late Harvest Riesling comes from a one-acre block planted in 1997 at Saralee's Vineyard in the Russian River Valley appellation. Cool temperatures and morning fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean promote the development of Botrytis cinerea, or "noble rot" in the vineyards. This beneficial mold shrivels the grapes, concentrating the sugars and intensifying the flavors. To maintain the pure fruit character of the grapes, we fermented and aged the wine in stainless steel and prevented the start of malolactic fermentation.

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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

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This Beerenauslese-styled 2007 Select Late Harvest Riesling contains 21.7 grams of residual sugar. Complex aromas of honey, apricot, white peach, and orange peel carry over onto the palate with a clean viscous mouthfeel. The noticeable sweetness is entirely balanced by a crisp acidity in the finish. We expect this wine to age gracefully for many years to come. You can enjoy it alone or match it with peaches, pumpkin, apples, or pears in your favorite configuration. Consider offsetting tastes, like sharp cheese. You can also think about pouring it over ice cream. All possibilities are hedonistic. Richard Arrowood has had a fascination with Late Harvest White Riesling that extends well over 40 years. He is California's undisputed master of Auslese, Beerenauslese, and Trockenbeerenauslese-styled sweet Rieslings. These are lush, nectarlike wines with a crisp acidity that carries the fruit flavors into a lingering finish. Our 2007 Select Late Harvest Riesling comes from a one-acre block planted in 1997 at Saralee's Vineyard in the Russian River Valley appellation. Cool temperatures and morning fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean promote the development of Botrytis cinerea, or "noble rot" in the vineyards. This beneficial mold shrivels the grapes, concentrating the sugars and intensifying the flavors. To maintain the pure fruit character of the grapes, we fermented and aged the wine in stainless steel and prevented the start of malolactic fermentation.

173 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: 8.6% pH: 3.4
Sugar: 21.7 grams per liter Total Acidity: 88 grams per liter

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