elementwinery-2011riesling-012011 Riesling

Varietal: 100% Riesling

Production: 247 cases

Viti/Vini: Year 2011 was a challenging vintage for red wine production in the Finger Lakes (which is why we produced only 80 cases of reds), but was fantastic for whites, especially those that can handle a bit of botrytis. A balanced summer gave way to a wet, cool harvest, allowing for the spread of botrytis. The long cool autumn allowed for long hang time, giving us riesling with great acid, elegant structure and full flavor development. A long hand sorting period removed much of the botrytis, but not all, giving us a hint of it in the finished wine. This wine was fermented using only natural yeasts, in stainless steel, and then allowed a long time to rest on its natural lees, with little stirring, which has added an amazing weight and texture.

Tasting Note: Focused and pure, with a slight bruised red apple note adding to the green apple, and just ripe peach and apricot notes on the nose. A fine minerality, and slight herbaceous and spicy notes are balanced with just a hint of honey, saffron and ginger. The finish is long, and pure with a racy structure. This wine is beginning to emerge from its shell, but is built to age!