2010 The Lyricist Riesling
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We were so happy with our first Riesling, The Composer 2009, we had decided to increase our portfolio to include two more Rieslings.
But Mother Nature had other plans.
2010 proved to be a challenging vintage for Riesling. The hallmark of Riesling from this vintage is its searing acids. It was evident early on that the best wines would need to temper this acidity.
The worst thing from a branding perspective is to not offer a wine consistently. After introducing The Composer, we naturally expected to have a 2010 version. But in the end, we had to make the best wine possible. We had to put aside our branding concerns and listen - Mother Nature had something to say.
After a strict selection in the vineyards (including 3 picks at Sagemoor and 2 picks at Kilian) and strict selection in the blending process, we reduced our expected production of 400 cases to 217 cases. And in turn, created one fantastic wine.
We are proud to introduce our new Riesling - The Lyricist 2010. A blend of Sagemoor and Kilian vineyards with 40% botrytis fruit, The Lyricist is a compelling wine on par with some of the best Auslese-style wines Germany and Austria have to offer.
When Mother Nature speaks, it pays to listen.
Light straw-colored, the 2010 Lyricist offers up a superb aromatic array of mineral, apple, pear, citrus, honeysuckle, and a hint of tropical fruits. With a bit of air the wine shows hints of petrol and mango. It is made in a semi-sweet, auslese style. The laser-like focus of the acidity on the palate offers outstanding concentration without any heaviness. The rich, complex finish is long and vibrant. This wine should evolve for several years and drink well for a decade.
TA 9.8 g/L, pH 3.01, Ethanol 12.3%, 4.89% residual sugar, 70% stainless steel fermentation, 30% neutral oak fermentation, 100% Riesling, 44.4% Botrytis, Harvest dates: 10/3, 10/13, 10/15, and 11/10. 43% Bacchus Vineyard, 36% Kilian Vineyard, 21% Dionysus Vineyard.
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