The Balancing Act

by Scott Harvey on November 16, 2011

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With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I would like to talk about the wine best paired with a Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham; this being our 2009 Jana Mendocino Old Vine Riesling.

Having gone to winemaking school in Germany, I just can’t stay away from producing a delicate, off-dry Riesling.  The grapes for our 2009 release come from an old “40 plus year” vineyard in Mendocino County, owned by the Nelson family.  The cooler growing region allows us to pick the grapes to produce a wine in the German Halbtroken Kabinett style.  That means a wine with less than 9.5% alcohol, having the right balance between the 1% residual sugar and the crisp acidity, making the wine appear dry on the palate.

In crafting this wine, I’m trying to produce a balanced wine where the residual sugar masks the acidity and the acidity masks the residual sugar; thus counter-balancing the two with the effect that leaves the wine just dry enough on the finish, and will leave you longing for another sip.

Scott Harvey, Winemaker

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