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2017 STiRM "Wirz Vineyard - Old Vine" Cienega Valley Riesling

SKU #1495306 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Among the richer dry Rieslings to be had and a wine that shows considerable concentration and fruity breadth with a bow to the headier, more substantial versions of Alsace, Stirm's 2017 opus from the Wirz Vineyard in San Benito County is a broad, deeply filled offering that exhibits layer upon layer of grapefruit, peach and minerals. As Rieslings go, it is a bit fuller in body and opts for ongoing richness rather than delicacy, and it is more than up to handling more boldly flavored foods than are conventionally teamed with the variety. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

K&L Notes

Winery notes: "The grapes were picked by hand. At the winery the grapes were given 24 hours of whole cluster maceration to extract tannins, aroma, and flavor compounds in the skins, followed by pressing the grapes. No sulfur was added to allow the juice to oxidize. After a 36 hour cold settle in tank, the clean juice was racked off the solids to another tank for spontaneous fermentation. The wine was sulfured post completion of secondary fermentation with elevage in tank on fine lees. Racked off fine lees a month prior to bottling. Unfined and unfiltered. The only addition we ever use is sulfur. Bottled July 5th, 2018. 250 cases produced. The grapes were picked by hand. At the winery the grapes were given 24 hours of whole cluster maceration to extract tannins, aroma, and flavor compounds in the skins, followed by pressing the grapes. No sulfur was added to allow the juice to oxidize. After a 36 hour cold settle in tank, the clean juice was racked off the solids to another tank for spontaneous fermentation. The wine was sulfured post completion of secondary fermentation with elevage in tank on fine lees. Racked off fine lees a month prior to bottling. Unfined and unfiltered. The only addition we ever use is sulfur. Bottled July 5th, 2018. 250 cases produced."


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