Dashe Cellars McFadden Farm Dry Riesling 2016 750MLDashe Cellars
This is quite a lovely dry Riesling—a versatile wine that can be matched with a wide variety of foods—made from organically-grown grapes in the mountains of Potter Valley, on the east border of Mendocino county.
30+ year-old vines grow in the white, chalky soil of the
Farm, tucked up against the cool hillsides of the east side of the valley—a perfect environment for growing Riesling.
Fermented completely dry, in the style of the dry white wines from the Alsace region of France. we used the native yeast on the grapes to conduct fermentation. With its lush texture, great balance of fruit and crisp acidity, and complex minerality, this wine is both for short-term drinking, as well as for aging in your cellar.
Unlike previous vintages, the grapes started fermenting almost immediately on their native yeasts after pressing, and the fermentation roared through at temperatures not exceeding 70 degrees. We had picked the fruit very early in the morning, to keep it cold, and then gently pressed it in our Italian grape press for almost three hours in order to intensify the fruit flavors without extracting any harsh seed tannin.
The wine was settled overnight and cooled, and then fermented in stainless steel tank. After fermentation, we kept the wine on its lees for a short amount of time to gain complexity. We bottled the wine in early February. The resulting wine shows a beautiful aroma, a lean structure, and a depth of flavor that makes it one of the most age-worthy Rieslings we’ve ever produced.
AppellationPotter Valley, Mendocino County
Production412 cases, 750mL
Release DateApril 15, 2017
Optimum time for consumption2017-2019
AromasFloral notes of jasmine and rose, hints of grapefruit, finishing up with pear and chalky minerals.
TasteBone-dry riesling flavors, stonefruit--apricot and peach--and grapefruit flavors dominate. Light bodied, balanced with a delicate mouthfeel and crisp acidity. On the finish, flavors of pear and grapefruit, mixed with minerals, earth, and a touch of fennel spice