2017 Mendocino County Prism Riesling
“ Wine is sunlight held together by water.” - Galileo Galilee
We call this wine Prism because Riesling has the power—when great—to display such an array of flavors and aromas that calls to mind the refraction of white light into Technicolor. If there is a grape with greater range, at making world-class wines, we’ve not met it. It often calls to mind the quote above.
The 2017 Prism is a new wine for us, made from two organically farmed vineyards in Mendocino County called McFadden and Vonarburg. We make single vineyard wines from both in most vintages but we have a collection of different blocks, clones and fermentations to choose from as we compose our different wines. As is often the case, a combination of different lots can yield extremely pleasurable wine. The sum is more than the parts.
This wine was crafted entirely in stainless steel at very cool temperatures and without malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the fresh, zingy quality that we love. By most standards this wine would be considered very dry. We do leave a small amount of residual sugar in order to enhance its versatility at the table.
As mentioned in previous notes about our Rieslings, we are suckers for Thai, Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian cuisine. We make our Rieslings, mouth watering, thinking about pairing those flavors. Don’t limit yourself though; this is probably one of the most versatile wines in our collection. Fried shrimp, roast chicken, avocado toast, oven roasted carrots. This wine will crush will all of them and more.