2016 Solstice Vineyard Riesling
Solstice vineyard is a special Riesling vineyard planted in 1972 in what we refer to as “the golden bench.” It is located on a perfect south – southeast-facing slope on the highest elevation available in the lower Yakima Valley (1,100 feet). At this elevation, the cooler temperatures preserve the acidity of Riesling and the shallow soils make vine struggle and express their minerality better.
Pale straw with complex aromas of jasmine, peach, and wet stone. Solstice has concentration and all the elegance of a great Austrian Riesling. The wine is truly cellar-worthy and will age for a very long time (10 plus years). Truly artisan. Highly acclaimed specialty wines that showcase Riesling’s versatility. Distinctive examples of terroir and expression
Wind-blown loess on basalt bedrock.
Our Solstice from the Yakima Valley is the purest expression of Washington Riesling. The vineyard was planted in 1980, some of our oldest vines. The vines grow in shallow (18 inches) wind-blown loess deposits sitting on the top of the basalt bedrock. This is a poor, minerally driven terroir, perfect to produce a Riesling with rich complexity. Our Solstice Riesling grapes are handpicked and fermented with their native yeasts and aged sur lie for 6 to 12 months.
Jasmine, peach & wet stone.
This light Riesling feels dry, with a hint of tangerine on the finish after a nice hit of peach, apple, and floral flavors.
Ideal with risotto, fish in a creamy sauce, and pork chops.
Solstice Vineyard, Yakima
Alcohol 13.9% Vol
Total Acidity 0.93%
Residual Sugar 1.08%