Long Shadows Poet's Leap Riesling 2011
Produced by Armin Diel, proprietor of the renowned Schlossgut Diel in Germany.
Vintage: The 2011 harvest produced wonderfully refreshing wine with racy acidity. A cool spring brought a late start to the vintage and temperatures remained moderate throughout the summer. September was glorious; yielding picture-perfect warm daytime temperatures and cool nights that ripened the grapes beautifully and produced fruit brimming with juicy white peach flavors and an attractive minerality.
Winemaking: Hand-harvested grapes were gently sorted and whole cluster pressed to avoid imparting bitterness while enhancing clean, crisp character in the finished wine. Fermented at a cool 60°F in stainless steel tanks to preserve fresh fruit aromas and flavors, only the best lots of the vintage were selected for the final blend.
Vineyards: The 2011 Poet’s Leap Riesling brings together a variety of unique Columbia Valley growing regions, each contributing distinct vineyard characteristics to create a multi-layered wine. Long Shadows’ own Sonnet Vineyard at The Benches (40%) forms the basis for the blend. Planted in 2004 with German clones in close consultation with managing partner Armin Diel, Sonnet gives the wine its minerality and a flinty character. Yakima Valley’s Phil Church Vineyard (26%) adds a hint of citrus and liveliness, and finally, equal parts Weinbau Vineyard and old-vine Dionysus Vineyard Riesling contribute delightful ripe peach aromas and flavors with luscious complexity.
Tasting notes: Expressive aromatics of white peach, sweet jasmine flowers and a hint of flint introduce this vibrant, fresh wine. With its bright acidity, the 2011 Poet’s Leap Riesling dances on the palate and continues across a long, lively finish, enhanced by a persistent undercurrent of minerality.
"Sinewy and elegant, with a tangy citrus scent and a hint of peppercorn, this feels finely knit and pure. The flavors lengthen after a day open and bring to bear a juicy, mouthwatering briskness, with a minerality that suggests a long, thrilling life in the cellar."
- Wine & Spirits , 93 pts
"This shows lively acidity, with ripe but tart fruit and an alcohol level just slightly above 12%. The grapes used were sourced from the Benches (German clones) and old vine plantings at Dionysus. It's a lush Poet's Leap, lightly tasting of honey, and loaded with pretty flavors of Meyer lemon, ripe orange, and candied pineapple."
- Wine Enthusiast, 92 pts + Editor's Choice
"Incisive in it's keen Riesling focus and bristling with bright, fruity acids. It has all the pieces in place to develop impressively with age."
- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, 91 pts