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Zocker Paragon Vineyard Riesling 2014

Riesling from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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14.1% ABV
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14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This refreshing, vibrant wine has aromas of citrus, melon, mango, and peaches, along with floral notes and a nice hint of white pepper spiciness. It is rich and complex, with honey, citrus, and apple flavors, framed by a nice acid structure that balances its natural sweetness.

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WW 91
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Easily one of California's top Rieslings, the 2014 Zocker, from the Paragon Vineyard, in the Edna Valley region, exhibits flowers, apples, and some petrol notes. The wine dry to off-dry finish pairs it well with simply prepared shellfish. (Tasted: October 6, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
V 91
Vinous
Extremely pale yellow. High-pitched aromas of citrus zest, white flowers and kerosene carry a chalky mineral overtone. Vibrant and linear on the palate, offering juicy lime and green apple flavors that deepen through the midpalate. Shows real tension on the incisive finish, which leaves behind sappy citrus fruit and honeysuckle notes.
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Opening with gregarious notes of lime cordial, lemon curd and orange blossoms plus acacia honey and marmalade hints, the 2014 Riesling Paragon Vineyard has an off-dry palate, offering a great intensity of honeyed citrus flavors and a refreshing backbone that finishes long and minerally.
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Zocker

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Zocker, Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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Jack Niven, with his adventurous spirit, pioneered winegrape planting through Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley over forty years ago. His descendants have carried that same spirit forward by bringing in varietals that are unique, racy, and intriguing.

Being their riskiest venture yet, Zocker (the German word for gambler), has captured the essence of being unconventional. Grüner Veltliner is very rare domestically, but is truly one of the most food-friendly wines in the world. Though Riesling is not as rare, Zocker takes a unique approach to developing a new style. Both these wines bring an exciting and progressive approach to winemaking and wine drinking.

The risk paid off, as Zocker has been highly praised and recognized in wine competitions all around the world. We invite you to try this unique wine, it’s worth the gamble!

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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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