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Dry Riesling Mcfadden Farms Potter Valley 2008

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We used our special custom-made gridded tanks to ferment the wines. These tanks, outfitted with stainless-steel grids that can be raised or lowered on top of the crushed grapes, allow us to submerge the cap of grape skins beneath the surface of the fermenting wine. We extract color, body, and complexity from the grapes without extracting too much of the drying tannins found in the seeds. The result are intense and complex wines that feel velvety and round on the tongue rather than harsh or tannic. As is our tradition, we conducted the fermentation using only the natural yeast population on the grapes. During fermentation the temperature was allowed to get up to 88º F, to aid in the extraction of color and flavor. At dryness, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped to older 60-gallon French oak barrels. The wine was aged for 12 months, and was racked about every three months up to tank and then back down to barrel to clarify the wine and aid in its development. In our blending trials, we decided the wine was superb on its own, and did not blend anything else to interfere with the intense, lovely fruit.

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McFadden Vineyard:
McFadden Vineyard has been family owned and operated since 1970 in Potter Valley, where Guinness McFadden has been farming organically for 40 years. The hot days and cool nights of Potter Valley give our wines exceptional character and flavor; and meticulous care of the soil enables us to produce top quality grapes year after year. A vibrant natural ecosystem, which is essential to maintaining ... Read more
McFadden Vineyard has been family owned and operated since 1970 in Potter Valley, where Guinness McFadden has been farming organically for 40 years. The hot days and cool nights of Potter Valley give our wines exceptional character and flavor; and meticulous care of the soil enables us to produce top quality grapes year after year. A vibrant natural ecosystem, which is essential to maintaining a healthy organic vineyard, is supported by the renowned Russian River and neighboring Mendocino National Forest. Thankfully, not much has changed here in pastoral Potter Valley in the past 50 years… it is truly a hidden gem. We began producing our wine in 2003 after many years selling our grapes to top wineries in the Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. We are still a boutique winery producing fewer than 3,000 cases of quality wine. We hope you will try some of our wines, we know you will enjoy them! Read less

Editorial Reviews for Dry Riesling Mcfadden Farms Potter Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,729
4.50 5
03/18/2010

This has a huge nose with top notes of violets over deep black plum, slight prune, and spicy hints of chocolate and vanilla with a core of savory elements that recall herbal dried black olives. Lightly sweet on entry this has plenty of acidity to keep the wine lively and lovely ripe tannins that help break up the sweetness. It’s a light, fresh style of dessert wine with a balance akin to fresh fruit making it easy to drink. It’s a bit simpler on the palate than on the nose but is full of briary, tobacco edge plummy and dried berry fruit that yields to a lightly sweet finish balanced by drying tannins. 91pts


Member Reviews for Dry Riesling Mcfadden Farms Potter Valley

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Snooth User: basilwino
2282621,039
3.50 5
11/07/2010

Nice Dry Creek Zin. Smmoth long finish, nice fruit, mouthfeel, complexity.


Snooth User: steve16046
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4.00 5
05/18/2012

Pours a deep dark purple color. Lots of dark fruit scents such as prunes, plums and raisins along with some vanilla. Starts off with plenty of sweet plum and raisin flavors hitting the palate. In the middle there is more dark fruit and an undertone of some vanilla and dare I say chocolate? On the back end, more dark fruits with an underlying vanilla and oak. Very well structured with nice tannic presence, but not overly done. A nice moderately lingering taste on the palate. At the price, certainly a fantastic value, one of the best Zin values.


4.50 5
11/29/2011

Beautiful bouquet on the nose with lavendar, raspberry, blackberry, & a hint of spice. Boldly berry on the palate with some vanilla. Firm tannins, balanced acidity. Delicious.

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Snooth User: drsint
1424482,804
3.00 5
08/27/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Dry Riesling Mcfadden Farms Potter Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/16/2011

Color: Reddish-purple. Aroma: Black raspberry, black cherry, cassis, mineral, chocolate, black pepper, clove. Taste: Black raspberry, cassis, and concentrated black cherry fruit, chocolate, clove spice, good acidity, velvety texture on the mid-palate, complex, long sweet finish of black cherry fruit, licorice, and peppery spice. - Winery


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/24/2009

What puts this Zin in a class all its own, apart from its low alcohol and solid tannic structure, is that it is fermented using natural yeasts rather than commercial ones. This gives it all the character of its place of origin: the Alexander Valley. On the nose, it's full of sweet mixed red and black berries, but the palate is totally dry. A real treat from the Zin category.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/20/2011

Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek 2008 750ML


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
12/26/2010

A lovely sweet wine that works with a great cheese plate. It is black-purple in color, with fruit flavors that are remarkably pure and fresh, complemented by notes of raspberry and spice.


External Review
09/27/2011

A soft, red-raspberry scented zin for grilled sausages, this is warm and smooth, packed with red fruit. Serve it cool to tame the alcohol.


External Review
09/27/2011

The soft, meaty tannins of this wine slowly release its zinfandel flavors of sassafras, cool, dark cherry and warm mulberries. It continues to lengthen with air, a Dry Creek edge to the texture that will suit Mediterranean-style roast lamb.


External Review
09/27/2011

Dark black cherry flavors express the full ripeness of this Zinfandel, balanced in a big, bold style. the tannins make it smoky, taking the flavor deeper into black pepper and spice cake territory, a viscous red suited to lamb on the grill.


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Tasting Notes:

Strawberry jam, black raspberry, chocolate, clove spice, long persistent finish of strawberry and black raspberry fruit, sweet chocolate and spice.

We used our special custom-made gridded tanks to ferment the wines. These tanks, outfitted with stainless-steel grids that can be raised or lowered on top of the crushed grapes, allow us to submerge the cap of grape skins beneath the surface of the fermenting wine. We extract color, body, and complexity from the grapes without extracting too much of the drying tannins found in the seeds. The result are intense and complex wines that feel velvety and round on the tongue rather than harsh or tannic. As is our tradition, we conducted the fermentation using only the natural yeast population on the grapes. During fermentation the temperature was allowed to get up to 88º F, to aid in the extraction of color and flavor. At dryness, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped to older 60-gallon French oak barrels. The wine was aged for 12 months, and was racked about every three months up to tank and then back down to barrel to clarify the wine and aid in its development. In our blending trials, we decided the wine was superb on its own, and did not blend anything else to interfere with the intense, lovely fruit.

Dietary Information: Organic

392 cases produced.


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