Rheingau is a wine region in Germany that is named after the traditional region and translates to, “Rhine District.” Located in the state of Hessee, Rheingau is part of the Theingau-Taunus-Kreis administrative district. Although the region only makes up 3% of the German vineyard area, it historically significant, and includes many producer that have an international reputation. There were 7,720 acres of vineyards in 2008 with 78.8% being Riesling. Pinot Noir and Muller-Thurgau make up the rest. The region is best known for its small viticulture sites, perfect microclimate, and amazing landscape. Reheingau has a cool-continental climate with an annual temperature of 50° and only 21” of rainfall per year. Located on the River Rhine next to the villages of Lorch, and Assmannshause, Rheingau is almost 50 kilometers long, and rises to the Taunus Mountain Range. Most of the vineyards are located on the slopes facing south between the mountains and river, which makes for excellent wine-growing conditions. As early as the 12th century, grapes were planted in Rheingau. There was more red than white wine produced during this time and it was usually Gemischter Satz. During Medieval times there was more red wine produced and was usually Gemischter Satz. The Rheingau region is known for late harvest wine.
Honeyed style, rich minerality and luscious creaminess. Flavors of baked pineapple and pear. Fresh and juicy on the finish.
From the famous Erbacher Honigberg vineyard. Average of the vines is 20 years old.
Cool fermentation, matured on the lees for 2 months before bottling, with a slight filtration.
Riesling Rheingau Erbacher Honigberg Spatlese goes well with Indian Curry and blue Cheese
Produced from the oldest planting of grapes on Lee Hudson’s heralded vineyard in the Napa Carneros, this latest offering of Arietta Merlot is one for the ages. Certainly a classic vintage, 2012 delivered fruit with brilliant purity, structure, and a strong sense of place. This unique—one might say historic—block of Merlot shows the best that this variety has to offer in California. Well-proportioned, fresh, flavorful, dark and complex, this wine is sure to impress lovers of Pomerol, and show that California is capable of producing Merlot wines with strength, yes, but also nuance, delicacy, and multiple layers of interest. This wine should continue to open and develop over the next decade, and age gracefully for another decade or two.
Arietta's 2012 Merlot emerges from the oldest vines on Lee Hudson's vineyard in Carneros. A dark, super-expressive wine, the Merlot is endowed with serious depth, power and structure. Brambly red fruit, smoke, tobacco and grilled herbs emerge from a surprisingly big, structured wine that should drink well for many, many years. -Antonio Galloni Vinous 95 points
Willowcroft started planting albarino in 2010 after Lew visited Galicia trying to find a replacement for Chardonnay that had been lost to flavescence doree.
The wine is dry with earthy citrus & mineral notes and a touch of peach on the finish.
100% Albarino grapes.
Harvested from home Vineyards (brix 24.4 and TA 6.9).
No Malo-Lactic fermentation in order to preserve a good acidity and some freshness.
Fermented and aged for 7 months in Stainless steel tanks.
Bottled in April 2017 after a slight filtration.