Next Wednesday we are gearing for a flash sale of the Solstice Vineyard Riesling on Wine Woot. I will leave a recording and here is the transcript below. This lovely wine deserve to be talked about!
Hello this is Nicolas, Winemaker at Pacific Rim.
As you may know Pacific Rim is a Washington State winery specializing in Riesling – we make 10 different Riesling styles and 95% of our production is Riesling.
Washington is a great State for Riesling production and Riesling is the #1 grape variety grown in our State – in fact so much Riesling is grown here that Washington State is the #1 Riesling producer in the New World (ahead of CA and Clare Valley in Australia) and it is the 7th largest Riesling producing region in the world. By the way, if like me you are a Riesling fanatic, we have written and printed a little booklet full of information named “Riesling Rules” – you can get it for free by going on our website – RieslingRules.com.
Back to Washington State and our wine today. Washington is a fantastic region for Riesling because of its great mineral driven soils which are very appropriate for Riesling and because of its cool winters and cool nights in the summer which are fantastic to preserve the acidity of Riesling.
This particular Riesling is one of the two single vineyard Riesling we produce. Each of our single vineyard Riesling reflects the best of the two main regions we get grapes from in Washington – Wallula for the warmer and windier Horse Heaven Hills and Solstice for the cooler Yakima Valley. Solstice vineyard is planted from old vines (about 40 years old) at a high elevation (1,200 feet) in the lower Yakima valley – The soils there are very shallow (about two feet of windblown loess) on the top of a basalt bed rock – it is a very mineral driven poor soil yielding no more than 2.5 tons/acre and I think you can taste that in this wine (it will be a kind of flinty straight character with lots of concentration). This is definitely one of those Rieslings that can age very well for at least 15 years.
The 2010 vintage was cool and the acid on this wine are outstandingly high (0.93), balancing the 0.9% Residual sugar beautifully. This is a trocken wine (aka dry) by German standards. The wine is 13.3% alcohol, so a serious broad shoulder Riesling for dry Riesling lovers. This is a wine for pork chops and serious fish dishes with cream.
We made 2,600 bottles of this wine; it is a very limited production and probably one of the best domestic Dry Riesling. It is closed under screwcap to guarantee the freshness and quality of the wine all the way to your table. I hope you will enjoy it immensely; it is always a treat to share this wine with friends.
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