Extremely rare in small quantities, California's "ice wine"
"Eiswein" is famous as a very sweet German dessert wine. Ripe grapes endure the winter cold as they are, and the reduced moisture content condenses the juice, increasing the sugar content, resulting in a sweeter finish.
Normally, ice wine can only be made in areas where the temperature is below freezing, as the name suggests, but it is brewed using a method called cryo-extraction, in which the wine is artificially frozen after it has fully ripened.
If the grapes are naturally frozen, the ripened grapes may become damaged due to super-animal damage, and the quality may not be stable.
Only the pressed and condensed juice is transferred to barrels that have been used for several years, 100% barrel fermentation and barrel aging (7 months), and bottling in spring.
With a bursting aroma of white peach and pear, it has notes of white peach, honey and buttery toast.
Contents 375ml alcohol content 8%
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There is a good reason dessert wines are rare—they are hard to craft. If something can go wrong in the winemaking process it does, and it has taken me years to build up the knowledge to avoid all the pitfalls.
In the past, successfully making very sweet wine was unusual—dependent on specific weather conditions—and since very sweet things were rare (honey comes to mind) they became sought after. Famous examples from Sauterne and Tokay have always gotten high praise, but today the rest of dessert wine's many incarnations are rarely discussed or reviewed. Partly this is because they are polarizing wines—with a minority loving them unconditionally and a majority dismissing them. Also, in recent history sugars in drinks (high fructose corn syrup!) became ubiquitous and the interest waned in dessert wines.
Dessert wines can be made in so many ways. From late harvesting, drying the grapes, noble rot infection (botrytis), and natural or manufactured freezing. The common feature of these techniques being to concentrate sugars and aromatics compounds of the grape—and magnifying Their attributes. The result is a heady and complex experience.
We have been making dessert wine from Viognier since 1996 and over the years have learned what attributes we like to see in this wine. When choosing to make a dessert wine out of Riesling for the first time, we knew we had the experience, but this great grape surprised us. Riesling's perfume and natural acidity are wonderful attributes that bring a level of drinkability and deliciousness we hadn't seen before.
You can't make real ice wine in California, but making it our way–taking healthy grapes to a commercial freezer—has its advantages. Instead of waiting for a rare day that is cold enough to pick frozen grapes on the vine, we can choose to harvest when the grapes are at the peak of flavor.
Our ice wine grapes are picked, driven to a commercialr, and then brought to the winery a few days later for pressing. By pressing grapes while still frozen, ice crystals are left behind, and only concentrated grape juice is recovered. drained into older barrels for fermentation and aging and then bottled into half bottles in the spring.
The evocative aromas of peach and pear are followed by flavors of honey, peach and buttered toast. This full throttle sweet wine is a perfect match for fruit desserts like pie or cobbler and for the more adventurous has enough floral Riesling character to be used as chutney with spicy southern Indian dishes or Thai cuisine.
Blend: 100% Riesling | Alc: 8.0% | Vinification: 100% Neutral Oak | Barrel Aging: 7Months | Total Production: 345 cases (375 ml bottle)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“We finished the tasting with the 2016 Riesling Kick On Dessert, the finest vintage of this cuvée to date. Lychee, honey, white flowers and hints of white peach and apricot give way to a gorgeously rich, impeccably balance sweet, downright irresistible dessert wine .”- JD 94 Points
Antonio Galloni's Vinous
“The 2016 Riesling Kick On Ranch Dessert Wine is an absolutely delicious dessert wine that emphasizes freshness. Orchard fruit, sweet floral notes and mint add brightness and aromatic lift. The 250 grams of residual sugar are not especially evident.” – AG 92 points