2012 Pacific Rim Noble Wine
#8 Top American Riesling - 92 Points!
"Golden in color and rich, with spicy notes complementing the open-textured apricot, pear and floral flavors. Finishes with remarkable transparency, lingering beautifully. Drink now through 2022."
“This botrytized wine came from 2011 vintage grapes that were not harvested until February 2012. A light-golden color, it’s bright with aromas of dried apples, pears and flowers. It’s sweet (170g/L residual sugar) but not weighty, retaining a sense of lightness and elegance.” –Wine Enthusiast
2011 brought the coveted noble rot to Washington’s Yakima Valley allowing us to craft a rare 100% botrytized Riesling. This succulent dessert wine expresses aromas of caramel and apricot while the flavors are rich with stone fruit and lush minerality.
At 1,200 feet of elevation, Selenium Vineyard sits on the Golden Bench of the Yakima Valley. This south facing slope has thin soils with wind-blown loess on fractured basalt encouraging the vines to dig deep for nutrients. Planted in 2001, Selenium Vineyard features German Riesling clones 190, 110, 98 & 239. All four clones were lovingly hand-harvested to ensure the best cluster selection for our Noble and Ice Wine Rieslings.
While our Noble & Ice Wines were harvested from the same vineyard block, they could not be more different. These dessert wines each have their own distinctive personality and speak to the versatility and artistry of Riesling winemaking.