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Kick On Riesling 2007

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2007 RIESLING KICK ON RANCH Santa Barbara County Northern Santa Barbara County, with mountain ranges that run east-west, is blessed with cooling summertime ocean breezes. We in Ojai are not, because there is a mountain blocking the way. When Ojai is hot, from July through early September, my taste in wine wanders to light, acidic red wines and particularly to crisp white wines. Zippy Chardonnays, taut Sauvignon Blancs, and dry Rieslings are what I enjoy when the thermometer goes above 90 degrees. So when I heard about a very cool-climate vineyard west of Los Alamos that had Riesling for sale, my imagination ran wild with thoughts of producing a wine like the fascinating dry German and Austrian Rieslings that I enjoy so much. One peek at the vineyard and I was convinced it was an ideal site. Located parallel to the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills appellation, Kick On Ranch is planted in poor sandy soil, so the vines struggle to grow and produce only a small crop. From this fruit we have been able to produce a wine of incredible distinction that tastes nothing like any California Riesling I have ever had. It expresses its varietal character with aromas of lemon peel and minerals. The wine has a mouth-coating richness, yet it is crisp, fresh and very dry. My family has a long tradition of dismissing white wines as unimportant, but when I poured this Riesling during the winter holiday, everyone took notice and enjoyed it.

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The Ojai Vineyard:
The Ojai Vineyard, owned by Adam & Helen Tolmach, works closely with a dozen different vineyards on the Central Coast of California and produces wines from syrah, grenache, mourvedre, pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier. About 6000 cases are produced each year, divided between 15 bottlings, most of which are vineyard designated wines. The key to producing special wine is in ... Read more
The Ojai Vineyard, owned by Adam & Helen Tolmach, works closely with a dozen different vineyards on the Central Coast of California and produces wines from syrah, grenache, mourvedre, pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier. About 6000 cases are produced each year, divided between 15 bottlings, most of which are vineyard designated wines. The key to producing special wine is in the care taken growing the grapes. There is an inverse relationship between quantity and quality when it comes to grapes, so rather than purchasing ours by the ton, we have long term agreements with our growers to buy the fruit by the acre. This lets us culture the vines and thin the crop to our strict specifications, yet allows the grower to receive a fair return. In the winery we like to watch the development of the wine carefully, yet prefer to do as little as possible. Experience has shown us that the least amount of moving, pumping, fining and filtering is always best. The ultimate objective is to show off the distinctive character of a vineyard site. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Kick On Riesling

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,060
4.50 5
06/29/2009

At first a reticent nose, what is here is lightly honeyed, with nice pressed floral tones, very elegant and very retrained, there is some real salty minerality that grows on the nose with emerging notes of petrol, quince paste, dusty stones and a hint of vitamin. Very fine entry, big acids but fairly well integrated, nice finesse in the mouth with some rather subtle but intense mandarin orange, almost quince, mineral and a huge almost salty mineral finish, then some peach pit and lime pith note, absolutely lovely stuff. I wine I want to drink more of. 92pts



2007 RIESLING KICK ON RANCH Santa Barbara County Northern Santa Barbara County, with mountain ranges that run east-west, is blessed with cooling summertime ocean breezes. We in Ojai are not, because there is a mountain blocking the way. When Ojai is hot, from July through early September, my taste in wine wanders to light, acidic red wines and particularly to crisp white wines. Zippy Chardonnays, taut Sauvignon Blancs, and dry Rieslings are what I enjoy when the thermometer goes above 90 degrees. So when I heard about a very cool-climate vineyard west of Los Alamos that had Riesling for sale, my imagination ran wild with thoughts of producing a wine like the fascinating dry German and Austrian Rieslings that I enjoy so much. One peek at the vineyard and I was convinced it was an ideal site. Located parallel to the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills appellation, Kick On Ranch is planted in poor sandy soil, so the vines struggle to grow and produce only a small crop. From this fruit we have been able to produce a wine of incredible distinction that tastes nothing like any California Riesling I have ever had. It expresses its varietal character with aromas of lemon peel and minerals. The wine has a mouth-coating richness, yet it is crisp, fresh and very dry. My family has a long tradition of dismissing white wines as unimportant, but when I poured this Riesling during the winter holiday, everyone took notice and enjoyed it.

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