This venerable old Napa Valley estate, resurrected in the early 1970s by Jim Barrett, is best known for its Burgundy-busting Chardonnay (i.e. Judgment of Paris, 1976) and fine estate Cabernet Sauvignon. But did you know that the winery's second-ever customer purchased nine cases of Riesling, for his East Coast wine shop? Staying true to such fans, the winery has long kept with the varietal, sourcing this Riesling from older vines in Mendocino County's Potter Valley. It's just a very slightly off dry style that ages quite well—2008 is not too old for this white wine. The winery's tasting note: "Nose: The nose is clean, rich and inviting, opening with fresh honeysuckle and apricot jam followed by peach and candied orange notes, riding over a slight hint of oak. Palate: The mouthfeel is soft and fleshy, and is dominated by great big peach and apricot flavors along with good firm acidity. Finish: It has a nice full length with lots of lichee and a hint of clove on the finish. Vintage Weather: Between the spring frost and the North Coast wildfires, those vines dodged some pretty wild extremes. But in grand style the noble vines proved their resilience and produced another excellent crop of Riesling grapes."
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