Red Tail Ridge, Block 606 Riesling 2012, Finger Lakes, New York
Tasting Note: Wow – a deliciously complex and multi-layered riesling!
This clear, golden-colored riesling is aromatic with a pronounced intensity of lemon citrus, green apple, and green-apple blossom giving way to a multi-dimensional aroma profile.
This is one the few handful of rieslings in the Finger Lakes that is indigenous-yeast fermented, meaning multiple strains of yeasts having contributed to the flavor profile – not just one.
Pear, white grape, and green apple run through the high-acid wine, but more significant than the fruit flavors are the fermentation flavors.
Many times when a wine hits your tongue it runs a predictable course from front to back. Red Tail Ridge’s Block 606 riesling however fully engages your entire palate such that each taste bud becomes a unique flavor target with every sip revealing another layer.
To enjoy the best of this riesling’s complexities give it 20 – 30 minutes to sweat after you take it out of the refrigerator so it unbundles all it has to offer. Red Tail Ridge only produces one indigenous-yeast fermented wine and this is it.
Don’t skip their tasting room without making this riesling part of your tasting queue when you visit (and for that reason don’t leave the Finger Lakes without trying this if you’re into indigenous yeast ferments).
Bottle Note: The fruit for this wine was hand harvested, and whole-cluster pressed from our estate vineyard block 606. Fermentation was initiated spontaneously and required 73 days to complete. We hop you enjoy our little experimental project. Cheers! Stainless Steel Fermentation -118 Cases Produced -RS: 6.4g/L -TA: 5.7 g/L -pH: 3.28. The first LEED gold-certified winery in New York.
Tasting Date: September 27, 2015