Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Select Late Harvest Riesling 2008
Dessert from Sonoma County, California
Alcohol By Volume: 9.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This Beerenauslese-styled 2008 Select Late Harvest Riesling contains 21.61 grams of residual sugar. Complex aromas of honey, apricot, white peach, and orange peel carry over onto the palate with a clean viscous mouthfeel. The noticeable sweetness is entirely balanced by a crisp acidity in the finish.
We expect this wine to age gracefully for many years to come. You can enjoy it alone or match it with peaches, pumpkin, apples, or pears in your favorite configuration. Consider offsetting tastes, like sharp cheese. You can also think about pouring it over ice cream. All possibilities are hedonistic.
"A great success for this bottling. With extraordinarily high residual sugar, the wine is very sweet in wild honey, infused with the essence of oranges and apricots, folded into rich, buttery custard, and sprinkled with vanilla sugar and cinnamon. It's all balanced with a squirt of lime acid. If that sounds good, it is. Only 95 cases were produced, but finding this wine is worth a search.
"As I have written before, for over 40 years Dick Arrowood has been a reference point for high quality, world-class Auslese, Beerenauslese, and Trockenbeerenauslese-styled sweet Rieslings from California. His 2008 Special Select Late Harvest Riesling Saralee's Vineyard, made in a Beerenauslese style, reveals wonderful apricot and peach marmalade notes intertwined with hints of maple syrup, lychee nuts, buttered apples, and shortbread. As always, this cuvee possesses terrific acidity as well as outstanding concentration. While it is almost impossible to resist at present, this 2008 will last an incredibly long time."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright gold. Peach nectar, honey and orange marmalade on the nose, with notes of candied ginger and smoky herbs adding complexity. Juicy, palate-coating pit fruit flavors are very sweet-verging-on-syrupy and first, but pick up a spicy note in the mid-palate that provides lift. Finishes with very good, clinging persistence and resonating ginger and herbal notes. This fully botrytized fruit was harvested at 33.5 degrees Brix."
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Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County. Richard continually explores the diversity of Sonoma County, working with mostly the same grape growers he began cultivating in 1974, as Winemaster at Chateau St. Jean Winery. Arrowood is known for making small lots of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlot, Viognier and Syrahs, among other varietals.
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