Brass Tacks Riesling 2008
Riesling from Central Coast, California
Let's get down to brass tacks. This Riesling is about the purity of the varietal flavors and California terroir. Brass Tacks Riesling offers crisp clean notes of fresh peach, honey and apricot with mineral qualities and bright acidity with a brisk, dry finish. This Riesling is sourced from Monterey County, where the cooling influence from the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay leads to one of the longest growing seasons in California. The cool climate allows for a longer hang time that leads to full, concentrated flavors and ideal acidity.
Food Pairings: Refreshing and food-friendly, Brass Tacks Riesling pairs well with seafood, salads, spicy and Asian foods.
Wine Enthusiast - "This would be a wonderful wine even if it cost a little more. As it is, it's a steal. Shows refined apricot, peach, lychee, mineral and floral flavors, finished with brisk, mouthwatering acidity, and an absolutely dry finish. One of the best Riesling values available in Cailfornia, and a tremendous cocktail wine. Just 600 cases were produced. Editor's Choice"
Brass Tacks Winery
Brass Tacks wines reflects the essence of California wine and the purity of the fruit. The winemaking starts in the vineyard, where the unique characteristics of each varietal and vineyard are cultivated. The result is a wine that isn't over-manipulated, allowing the personality of the fruit to shine through.
Brass Tacks produces wines that capture the unique essence of the varietal as well as the region in which it thrives. The fruit is sourced from regions and vineyards that are among the best suited for the varietal and wines are produced in small lots to ensure quality.
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About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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11 ratings, 7 with reviews52/6/2013Really lovely!39/11/2012
ladybug_nm - Albuquerque, NM43/1/2012Pecan Pie - Pittsburgh, PA41/6/2012512/29/2011VEry bright with hints of apple and pear37/14/2011
- Light & Crisp
My red only wife will drink this with me. Nice flowery fruit nose. Fruit and mineral flavors, no diesel hints. Finishes dry.Matt Commins - South San Francisco, CA24/12/2011
- Light & Crisp
Was not a big fan. This wine paled in comparison to the Domaines Schlumberger 2007 Kessler Grand Cru Riesling (I scored this bottle from WineShopper) I had before the Brass Tacks. In my experience, the best Riesling's come from Germany and Alsace.Hello Vino - New York, NY511/23/2010Crisp and refreshing, with delicious fresh fruit flavors. The wine reflects the quality and purity of the fruit. I brought a bottle to an early Thanksgiving dinner, and it was a huge hit!Pete Teele - Walnut Creek, CA512/22/2009Just had this new vintage - as good as the 2007 which received Editors Choice selection from Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts. Love the balance of good acidity matched against fresh orchard fruits. Really outstanding as aperitif and our go-to wine when we eat homemade sushi rolls. Glad this came back into stock!53/29/2010Pleased that the wine is back in stock. Clean crisp - nice acidity. Peach, honeysuckle and apricot. Good Minerality.
- Light & Crisp
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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