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Beringer Vineyards Riesling Napa Valley Dry 2005

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The Napa River runs through Beringers Gamble Ranch, creating a microclimate that is distinct from other parts of the vineyard. Near the river, soils are composed of sandy loam on top of layers of well-drained gravel. During the growing season this area is the last to see the fog from the San Pablo Bay dissipate. As a result, Gamble Ranch has lower temperatures until later in the afternoon. Johannisberg Riesling is a naturally vigorous varietal, however given these weather conditions, the vines are controlled and produce grapes with good flavor concentration, balanced acidity and structure.Beringer chose to gently press the grapes without crushing them first to bring a silkier texture to the wine. The juice was then allowed to ferment very slowly in small 55-gallon stainless steel casks to encourage full development of the aromatics. Aging on the lees enhanced the wines body and mouthfeel.Aromas of honey, lychee nut and orange blossom are the introduction to this Riesling as flavors of stone fruit, citrus rind and spice mingle with backnotes of wet stone and flower pedals for a rich mouthfeel featuring good acid balance.Wine Advocate | Robert M. Parker, Jr. | Issue #168 December 26, 2006The dry, crisp, tank-fermented and aged 2005 Riesling offers elegant, floral notes intermixed with lemon grass and grapefruit characteristics. This tasty, food-friendly white should drink well for several years.Wine News | Steve Pitcher | August/September 2007Very fragrant, appealing nose of orange blossom, spicy apple and a touch of butterscotch hard candy. Wonderfully juicy on the palate with brisk acidity and copious flavors that echo the nose, accented by wet stone minerality and some tropical fruit emerging in the close; mouthfilling and downright delicious.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Beringer Vineyards:
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed ... Read more
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed Sbragia continue to draw from over a dozen vineyards to create world-class wines from varying soil compositions and climates. The winery managed to survive, and even thrive, during Prohibition by selling sacramental wines with a federal license. Since the wine was being made for religious purposes, it was legal! A unique aspect of Beringer is the tunnel system that was carved into the side of Spring Mountain around 1880. Chinese immigrant workers, the same workers that helped build the Trans-Continental Railroad, spent years hand-chiseling the 1,200 feet of tunnels. To this day, the tunnels act as a natural insulator, keeping the temperature between 58 and 60 degrees year-round, ideal for storing wine. Read less

The Napa River runs through Beringers Gamble Ranch, creating a microclimate that is distinct from other parts of the vineyard. Near the river, soils are composed of sandy loam on top of layers of well-drained gravel. During the growing season this area is the last to see the fog from the San Pablo Bay dissipate. As a result, Gamble Ranch has lower temperatures until later in the afternoon. Johannisberg Riesling is a naturally vigorous varietal, however given these weather conditions, the vines are controlled and produce grapes with good flavor concentration, balanced acidity and structure.Beringer chose to gently press the grapes without crushing them first to bring a silkier texture to the wine. The juice was then allowed to ferment very slowly in small 55-gallon stainless steel casks to encourage full development of the aromatics. Aging on the lees enhanced the wines body and mouthfeel.Aromas of honey, lychee nut and orange blossom are the introduction to this Riesling as flavors of stone fruit, citrus rind and spice mingle with backnotes of wet stone and flower pedals for a rich mouthfeel featuring good acid balance.Wine Advocate | Robert M. Parker, Jr. | Issue #168 December 26, 2006The dry, crisp, tank-fermented and aged 2005 Riesling offers elegant, floral notes intermixed with lemon grass and grapefruit characteristics. This tasty, food-friendly white should drink well for several years.Wine News | Steve Pitcher | August/September 2007Very fragrant, appealing nose of orange blossom, spicy apple and a touch of butterscotch hard candy. Wonderfully juicy on the palate with brisk acidity and copious flavors that echo the nose, accented by wet stone minerality and some tropical fruit emerging in the close; mouthfilling and downright delicious.

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