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Zero One Vintners Golden Delicious Riesling 2009

Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
  • WS91
12.5% ABV
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12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The Golden Delicious Columbia Valley Riesling is a delightfully crisp and off-dry Riesling full of the fruity and aromatic bloom expected from one of Washington's finest grape varieties. Chic and glorious, for Zero One Vintners this wine symbolizes an impeccable start to all that is golden and delicious.

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Bright and lively, this is polished in texture and vibrant with pretty pear and apple fruit, hinting at orchid notes as the off-dry finish lingers. Drink now through 2015.
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Zero One Vintners

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Zero One Vintners, Columbia Valley, Washington
The name "Zero One" has a double meaning. First, we recognize that we live in a digital era. We are surrounded by 'zeros' and 'ones' in the form of cell phones, laptops, e-mail, websites, HD TV, e-commerce, and more. The name is a nod to the innovations and enhancements the digital age has provided for all of us. And second, Zero literally means "nothing", whereas One is your first step forward doing something on your own, be it your first step on the dance floor or the start of something new. Zero One Vintners' target audience is the 25-45 set. Today's economy is redefining value, and new value propositions for the consumer will win. We believe Zero One Vintners defines that value.

Columbia Valley

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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, Oregon, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes in New York.

In the Glass

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

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is very 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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