2012 Selenium Vineyard Noble Wine
At 1,200 feet of elevation, Selenium Vineyard sits on the Golden Bench of the Yakima Valley. This south facing slope has thin soils with wind-blown loess on fractured basalt encouraging the vines to dig deep for nutrients. Planted in 2001, Selenium Vineyard features German Riesling clones 190, 110, 98 & 239. All four clones were lovingly hand-harvested to ensure the best cluster selection for our Noble and Ice Wine Rieslings.
2011 brought the coveted noble rot to Washington’s Yakima Valley allowing us to craft a rare 100% botrytized Riesling. The rot developed over several months and the grapes were picked extremely late in February 2012. The wine was fermented cold with native yeasts and the fermentation was arrested at 170 g/L residual sugar. The wine was aged for 10 months in stainless steel tank and given an additional 2 years of bottle aging. This wine has the ability to age for 15 to 20 years.
While our Noble & Ice Wines were harvested from the same vineyard block, they could not be more different. These dessert wines each have their own distinctive personality and speak to the versatility and artistry of Riesling winemaking.