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Wine Recommendation

Stony Ridge 2004 White Riesling  (El Dorado)

Stony Ridge Winery

2004 White Riesling
(El Dorado)

Ahhhh, Riesling and summertime are meant for one another, especially when there’s just a touch of sweetness and the acidity is omnipresent, but not overwhelming. The fruit for this nimble, graceful wine came from the Madrona vineyard in El Dorado, at about 3000’ elevation. Picked at 22.3 Brix, the wine was tank fermented and has 2.25% residual sugar. But it’s nicely low in alcohol, and has bright fresh flavors of peaches and sweet ruby red grapefruit to keep it interesting. Just a touch of botrytis adds a nice honeyed note to this wine. The aromas of grapefruit, Earl Grey tea and lavender show up nicely on the palate. There is a distinctive minerality to the wine that complements the crisp Bosc pear and silky white nectarine flavors.

Everything about this wine is light-footed and graceful. It’s silky sheer and chiffonlike and makes one think of those breezy summer dresses that women should wear to weddings instead of pant suits. This wine evoked a pleasant memory of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Summertime Dream” album, with all those slightly nostalgic tunes about growing up in a country setting, where life’s simple pleasures included hanging out at the swimming hole. If you want to reflect on some pleasant memories of summers gone by, crack open a bottle of this well-chilled Riesling and let your mind take a lighthearted, and light-footed, summer vacation.

(Alc: 12.5%, Retail: $10.50)

Reviewed September 12, 2006 by Laura Ness.

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The Wine

Winery: Stony Ridge Winery
Vintage: 2004
Wine: White Riesling
Appellation: El Dorado
Grape: Riesling
Price: 750ml $10.50

Review Date: 9/12/2006

The Reviewer

Laura Ness

A wine writer and wine judge for major publications and competitions around the country, Laura Ness likens wine to the experience of music. She is always looking for that ubiquitous marriage of rhythm, melody, and flawless execution. What is good music? You know it when you get lost in it. What is good wine? It is music in your mouth.