2016-C Union Sacre 'Fraulein' Riesling, San Luis Obispo County, California

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2016-C Union Sacre 'Fraulein' Riesling, San Luis Obispo County, California

One of winemaker Xavier Arnaudin’s favorite grapes is Riesling and he found a great source in the Riven Rock Vineyard just outside the town of Cambria in San Luis Obispo County. The Cutruzzola family planted two acres of Riesling and five to Pinot Noir on gentle south facing slopes 6.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean where the vines are cooled by morning fog and afternoon sea breezes. That maritime influence ensures the grapes will attain high acidity levels making for fresh, clean wines. Armed with such fine fruit, Xavier’s winemaking genius and precision truly shines with this 2016 'Fräulein' Riesling. Even with fermenting and aging for six months in 50% stainless steel and 50% neutral French oak barrels,  it is indeed fresh and clean, and very delicious. Aromas on the nose exhibit scents of white flowers, Lily of the Valley as Xavier notes, as well as exotic fruits and citrus. The neutrality of the oak only adds to the texture of the light-bodied palate without getting in the way of the zesty yellow grapefruit, freshly squeezed lime and Meyer lemon flavors. This delicate Riesling ends with excellent, bright acidity, some stony minerality and a nice tinge of lingering honey.

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