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Bishop's Peak Dry Riesling 2014

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750ML / 13.4% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2014 vintage of Bishop’s Peak Riesling expresses beautiful notes of peach and pear, with a hint of kerosene. This angular wine has bright, gripping acid with soft notes of white flower, tangerine and pithy green apple.
Enjoy this wine on a warm summer’s day or with robust Thai food.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Substantive and flavorful, the 2014 Bishop's Peak Dry Riesling—handcrafted by Talley Vineyards—is one of California's top efforts with this grape variety. The wine's ripe apple, fragrant floral, and slight fusel flavors make it a delicious choice with steamed crab and a dish of drawn butter. Drinks well now. (Tasted: August 26, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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Bishop's Peak, California
Bishop's Peak Wines are handcrafted by Talley Vineyards to capture the unique diversity of the greater Central Coast region.
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Edna Valley

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California’s coolest wine growing area, Edna Valley excels in the production of high quality Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Rhône Blends and aromatic white wines. It has a cool Mediterranean climate and an incredibly long growing season, giving late-ripening varieties plenty of opportunity to develop great phenolic complexity.

Its northwest to southeast orientation creates a direct path for cool Pacific air and fog to penetrate the valley from the Los Osos and Morro Bay area inwards. Low hillsides of both calcareous and volcanic soils are home to much of the vineyard acreage of the Edna Valley.

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Riesling

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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. This versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes region of New York.

In the Glass

Riesling typically produces wine with relatively low alcohol, high acidity, steely minerality and stone fruit, spice, citrus and floral notes. At its ripest, it leans towards juicy peach, nectarine and pineapple, while cooler climes produce Rieslings redolent of meyer lemon, lime and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of petrol.

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is quite versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice) and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

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