Freemark Abbey Late Harvest Riesling Napa Valley Edelwein Gold 1999
Vintage and Winemaker’s Notes: Extended fruit maturity and slow botrytis development produced fruit highly concentrated in sugar, acidity, and flavor. Fermentation of Edelwein Gold is always challenging. It produced a wine of pure gold color with intense aromas of fruit blossoms, orange marmalade, and honey. In the mouth, the wine displays a rich viscosity, flavors of peach, marmalade, and apricots, all complimented by a perfect sweet-tart balance. Growing Season Notes: Rainfall was average, with most of it coming in February; some frost protection used at the end of March. Some rain occurred in May, but did not seem to harm fruit set. A small amount of Riesling was selectively picked in September to cull out clean fruit and leave behind bunches with naturally occurring botrytis for this late-harvest wine. Extended fruit maturation led to very concentrated grapes. Statistics: # Varietal Composition: 100% White Riesling # Vineyards: Red Barn Ranch (Rutherford) # Fermentation: Stainless steel for 163 days at 50-60° F # Aging: Stainless steel for 5 1/2 months # Alcohol: 8.8% # pH: 3.74 # Acid: 0.78 g/100 mL
It began over a century ago as a vision shared by a handful of pioneers; those with an intimate knowledge of grapes and a deep respect for the land. This vision took root, was nurtured by skilled hands and ultimately resulted in one of the first premium wineries in the Napa Valley. Today, the wine of Freemark Abbey stands as a testament to what the rich earth of the Napa Valley is capable of creating when working in perfect harmony with nature.