2019 Poet's Leap Botrytis Riesling

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2019 Poet's Leap Botrytis Riesling
2019 Poet's Leap Botrytis Riesling

The 2019 vintage was a bit cooler than recent years and particularly favorable to Riesling. The growing season started slowly with cool temperatures extending into late spring. As summer arrived, the weather warmed and conditions stayed even throughout the season, with no extreme heat spikes. Fall harvest conditions brought the Columbia Valley’s trademark warm days and cool nights, perfect for developing excellent natural acidity in the grapes and allowing the fruit to develop full physiological maturity. In short, a banner year for this fresh, vibrant wine.

Hand-picked grapes with botrytis cinerea were harvested on a cold morning in mid-November at 28° Brix. Also known as “noble rot,” botrytis cinerea is a condition that causes the grapes to dehydrate resulting in an increased concentration of sugar, acid and aromatics bringing added layers of complexity to the finished wine. Once at the winery, the grapes were pressed and the juice was allowed to settle, then racked, before undergoing a long, slow fermentation at cool temperatures to capture Riesling’s fresh, lively character. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to neutral French oak and aged for eight months before bottling.

Intense and richly textured with ripe apricot and honey aromas and flavors laced around a fragrant core of pink grapefruit. A deeply concentrated wine with bright acidity that lingers across a lively, vibrant finish.

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Varietal Composition100% Riesling
AppellationColumbia Valley
Acid0.86g/100 ml
Residual Sugar13.0%
Wine StyleDessert Wine
Volume375 ml

This wine has not yet been reviewed. 

The best botrytis infected grapes of the year were meticulously hand-selected from a special block at The Benches planted with German Riesling clones. Located on a high bluff overlooking the Columbia River where a consistent breeze and cool nights keep the botrytis pristine in favorable years, good airflow allows the grapes to stay healthy until picking commences late in the season.

Armin Diel, owner of Schlossgut Diel from Germany's Nahe region, came to Long Shadows in 2003 to make Poet's Leap Riesling. The partnership was born after Long Shadow's founder Allen Shoup and Armin discovered a shared belief in the notion that the U.S. was on the cusp of a Riesling renaissance. It was this idea that led Allen, then CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle to establish Eroica, Chateau Ste. Michelle's joint venture with the Mosel's Dr. Ernst Loosen. At the same time, Diel was leading a Riesling renaissance of his own, serving as president of the VDP-Nahe, an association of area wine estates dedicated to high-quality Riesling production in Germany.  And it was Dr. Loosen's friendship with Allen and Armin that brought the two together.
Since Poet's Leap's first vintage in 2003, Long Shadows' director of winemaking Gilles Nicault has collaborated with Armin on Poet's Leap's vineyard selection, fermentation and blending to establish a consistent style for the wine. In the fall of 2016, Gilles assumed total winemaking responsibility for Poet's Leap after Armin found it increasingly challenging to make the numerous trips overseas that the project required. Gilles remains committed to crafting the same style and quality of the wine the team originally envisioned.

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$60 / Bottle, 375 ml

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