Keen to produce d'Arenberg's first white in the late 1950's, d'Arry Osborn needed no
convincing that it should be made from Riesling. Inspired by his friend and
neighbor, Cud Kay of Amery Vineyards, d'Arry finally released d'Arenberg's first
vintage of Riesling in the late 1960's. Another neighbor, Jack Neil, inadvertently
helped d'Arry to decide in which years it was best to make d'Arenberg's Riesling. The
Neil's dam runs up against d'Arenberg's Riesling block and a dry summer always
meant a "Dry Dam", which results in concentrated Riesling grapes brimming with
flavor and well balanced acidity. It was not long before d'Arry discovered that the best Rieslings were Dry Dam Rieslings.
The Dry Dam's young pale to medium straw color is often permeated with
remarkable green tinges. It attacks the senses with ripe, spicy cinnamon,
candied fruit and lychee qualities overlaid with lime, citrus blossom and almost
perfumed rose-petal aromas.
The young Dry Dam is medium bodied with lime and lemon flavors initially,
followed by tropical pineapple and pear flavors. The rich, soft, juicy mouthfeel
finishes with fresh crisp acidity. Over time the color will take on a deeper
golden appearance and the fruit intensity will develop into a richer honeysuckle,
orange peel, glace fruit and tea aromas.