The grapes for this Riesling were sourced from vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA of Monterey County, where high winds, dry days, and bay fogs create a cool, but very long, growing season. These growing conditions are ideal for cool-climate grapes such as Riesling, and lead to full, forward fruit flavors and ideal acidity. Grapes were harvested at an ideal balance of sugar and acid, and the wine was fermented stainless steel. Before fermentation was complete, the wine was chilled to arrest fermentation, allowing the wine to retain a small amount of residual sugar.
With its maritime influence, California’s Monterey region has an extended growing season that yields wines with full flavor development and great acid balance. Mandolin Riesling features fresh peach and apricot notes, framed by firm acidity. Due to its acidity this slightly sweet style makes the wine ideal with food.
Press & Acclaim
" Medium-weight, well-integrated flavors. Well-balanced."
- Ed McCarthy, Critics Challenge International Wine Competition 2009
88 points - Best Buy
"I dislike sweetness in Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and other whites that should be dry, but there's something about Riesling that makes it work. This one is perceptibly sweet, yet it's luscious. Acidity helps balance, and the flower blossom, green apple, peach, mineral and petrol flavors love that honeyed edge. Just lovely, and a great buy:"
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast, September 2007 Download PDF
"Heady, perfumed nose of orange rind and almond. Medium bodied on the palate and balanced flavors of honey plus hints of rose and peach pit; slightly short, sweet finish. Prosciutto with black pepper toasts; smoked trout with cucumber salad and chives."
- Sante, September 2007 Download PDF
"Two slightly sweeter styles hail from California's cool Monterey area. The 2004 Mandolin Monterey Riesling is fuller, fleshier and showcases ripe pear notes."
- Leslie Sbrocco, "Bargain Wines: Be thankful for these great values", San Francisco Chronicle, 11/17/06 Download PDF
Oak Cooperage: None
Residual Sugar: 2.404g/100ml
Cases Produced: 753