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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
Gainey Riesling 2009
Gainey Riesling 2009
(search item no. 109266)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine News rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

California wines typically are "all about the fruit," while their European counterparts tend to be more elegant, are finely structured and "smack of the earth." Gainey Vineyard's 2009 Santa Ynez Valley Home Ranch Riesling is the best of both of worlds: blessed in the fruit department, yet it is decidedly Germanic in style. Whole-cluster pressed into stainless-steel tanks and fermented at cold temperatures for a full three months, the wine is vinified to optimize the Riesling variety's wonderfully perfumed aromas and crisp, fruity flavors.

The aromas of this lovely wine fully capture the high-toned floral qualities, including jasmine, honeysuckle and rose petal, as well as seductive honeyed peach, apricot and spice scents that endear Riesling to so many wine lovers. On the sleek, beautifully composed palate, concentrated fresh apple, spiced pear and ripe peach flavors lead to a dry, spicy finish with refreshing acidity and minerality that pave the way for the next sip. An ideal aperitif, this "serious" California Riesling also complements sushi and sashimi, lighter fish dishes, roast turkey, spicy Asian cuisines and soft cheeses.

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About The Gainey Vineyard:

In 1962, Daniel C. and son Daniel J. Gainey purchased an 1,800 acre ranch on the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley. The Gainey Ranch, a combination of cattle, farming, and Arabian horse breeding, became the largest diversified ranching operation in the valley.

Dan J. Gainey retired in 1984 to devote himself to fulfilling his dream of making wine. In 1983, he planted 51 acres of vineyards on the northern boundary of the Gainey Ranch and in November of 1984 the 12,000 square foot Spanish-style winery opened its doors to visitors. Soon after, Dan H. Gainey joined his father and together the father-son team have set out to produce premium, hand-crafted wines made from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

With over 40 years of farming experience behind them, the Gaineys have a connection to the land that few vintners may share. Since the original vineyard planting in 1983, the Gaineys have added 32 acres to their "Home" Ranch, which is primarily planted to the Bordeaux varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In 1996, they purchased 120 acres on the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley, a cooler growing region more suitable for Burgundian varietals. In 1997, they planted 35 acres at this "Santa Rosa Hills" Ranch to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, with plans for further plantings in the years ahead.