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Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 1998

Riesling from Central Coast, California
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    I have a great deal of Rieslinglust in my heart and I don't care who knows it. We produce the Loewen's share of our riesling from modest yielding vineyards in the Yakima region of Washington State. The sun hangs low o'er the Hanfield nuke in late September and early October at this northerly latitude. The shy yields and the climatic felicity provide for the retention of Riesling's fruity terpenic esters and natural acidity and give intensity to the noblest white grape of them all. In technical terms, we now have a runner on base (actually in scoring position) and all we really need is a long fly ball to bring him (or her) home. Enter our good friend, Johannes Selbach, a heavy-hitter from Zeltingen on the Mosel who graciously provides us with a big slug of his deliciously precious nectar. We deftly insinuate a volume of approximately 20% Mosel into our base cuvie for all the right Rieslings. The 1998 is far and away the most complete Pac Rim - utterly captivating in fragrance, rich and yet supple, aromatics of apple and cinnamon, peach and white flowers, authoritatively powerful and yet delicately light on its feet. A revelation for those not yet on Team Pac Rim. Composition: 100%Riesling, 65% Yakima Valley, Washington; 18% Mosel Valley, Germany; 17% San Benito, California.

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    Bonny Doon, Central Coast, California
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    Based in Santa Cruz, heartland of New Age thinking and deferred transition to adulthood, Bonny Doon Vineyard has a not-so surprising history of idealism and innovation. Founded by Randall Grahm in the bucolic hamlet of Bonny Doon, California, in 1983, we’re known for strikingly original wines made from lesser-known (though no less noble) grape varieties, the vinous Ugly Ducklings. Bonny Doon Vineyard made its mark with pioneering work with Rhône varieties, innovative production techniques, and imaginative marketing that has, truth be told, sometimes been too clever by half. Since the adoption of biodynamic farming practices in 2004 and the radical slimming down of product portfolio and case production in 2006 (with a concomitant greater degree of focus and attention to detail), the wines evince a more complex expression of varietal character, a more noticeable sense of organization, and a greater degree of life-force.

    Come visit our Tasting Room, located at 450 Highway 1, Davenport, CA, about 10 miles north of Santa Cruz. This is a wonderful intimate space that is the perfect venue to enjoy our doon-home wines, even if your home is perhaps Alpha Centauri. We’re here to serve mankind (wines that are out of this world).

    VIN11605_1998 Item# 6185