2004 Vidal Riesling
Apricot and Mandarin orange, grapefruit zest and mango with a crisp acidity and slight sweetness (1% residual sugar).
Peaches, ripe pineapple, and spicy nutmeg.
Asian cuisine, spicy sausage, summer picnics, and anything with fresh ginger.
Hardscrabble (Estate) Fauquier Co., on top of the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 1,200 to1,300 feet on an eastern slope. Deep, well drained, volcanic-origin greenstone and granite soils . Vine age is 3 to 20 years.
2004 was a typical growing season except for the finish. Hurricanes marred the Riesling harvest resulting in lots of rot. Our vigorous sorting of poor fruit diminished the total yields to a fraction of normal. Harvest dates were: Riesling – September 17; Vidal – Oct. 10, 2004.
The goal is to retain the fresh fruit characteristics of each grape. Riesling contributes aroma, tropical fruit and acidity; Vidal gives spice, weight, and structure. The blend is cold fermented. Fermentation is stopped by chilling when the residual sweetness is in balance with the fruit and acidity. The wine is bottled in late winter and is immediately ready to drink. 82% Vidal, 18% Riesling. 363 cases produced.