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Red Tail Ridge Estate Riesling 2016

    750ML / 11.3% ABV
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    750ML / 11.3% ABV

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    White floral and orange zest on the nose with fresh squeezed lime juice and lemongrass. On the palate, juicy peaches followed by aromas of pineapple and tropical fruit. Solid acidity mid-palate, followed by tart lime, hints of sweet basil, and stoniness to finish.

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    Red Tail Ridge is a 32 acre vineyard and winery located on the western shore of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of up-state New York. It is named after the two nesting pair of hawks who live in the woods surrounding the vineyard. They are our constant companions when we are working on the vines. We are a husband and wife team, so vineyard development, winegrowing, winemaking and marketing are currently divided up between us, Mike Schnelle and Nancy Irelan.

    At Red Tail Ridge Winery we specialize in limited production wines because we believe that quality is more important than quantity. Keeping our production down allows us to better monitor the details of the wine making process. We produce small-lots (sometimes less than 50 cases) to further preserve and enhance the varietal characteristics that we generate in the vineyard.

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    As the most historic wine-producing region in New York state, winemaking in the Finger Lakes area dates back to the 1820s and today as a region, accounts for 90% of the state’s total wine production.

    Its narrow and deep lakes created by the movement of Ice Age glaciers create an environment similar to the classic Riesling-loving regions of Europe, namely Germany and Austria. The Finger Lakes retain summer heat that incidentally warms up cold winter air, making it fall down from the lakes’ steep slopes. When spring comes, the lakes, already cooled by cold winter weather, stave off vine budding until the danger of frost has subsided. The main lakes of the zone, that is those big enough to moderate the climate in this way, are the focal points of prime vineyard areas. They include Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga.

    While Riesling has fueled most of the region’s success, today Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc enjoy some attention.

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    Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining its identity. A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, 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. Somm Secret—Given how difficult it is to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling from the label, here are some clues to find the dry ones. First, look for the world “trocken.” (“Halbtrocken” or “feinherb” mean off-dry.) Also a higher abv usually indicates a drier Riesling.

    STC395440_2016 Item# 392889

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