2015 Precedent "Old Vine White - Wirz Vineyard" Cienega Valley SKU #1336798

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Tasting Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Visiting the Wirz Vineyard for the first time was quite a rush. When I tell colleagues that I found a patch of 60+ years old, head trained, and dry farmed Riesling, planted in a bed of decomposed granite at just under 1,000 ft at the northern end of the Gabilan Mountains - they often give me a look of complete amazement. The Wirz Vineyard is as unique as it gets in California. Cienega Valley occupies the eastern flank of the Gabilan Range and is bordered by the Diablo Range to the east with the San Andreas Fault separating the two. The climate is alpine-like, with warm sunny days and very cool evenings. The soil is decomposed granite underlaid with limestone. Drainage is superior and vine vigor is low. This is a later ripening vineyard, with hang-time often into late October or even November, even at the low yields that dry farming dictates.

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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    5/2/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    From a patch of 60-plus-year-old, organically farmed, dry-farmed Riesling (and some other mixed whites) in the rugged Cienega Valley. The soils here, mixed up by tectonic movement, are a complex mix of decomposed granite, shale and limestone. Raised in neutral oak foudre not for flavor but for the wondrous texture the lees aging gives the wine, it reminds me of some of the best Rieslings out of the famed Morstein vineyard in Rheinhessen…that effortless power and density while retaining a filigreed expression and delicacy.

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