**In 2022 a massive heatwave came through California, at Wiley Vineyard, Brad Wiley saw the high hit 97° on September 7th. This German varietal doesn't do well in that kind of heat. We waited to see what the thermal damage was. I cried, that should tell you how bad it was. Being the outstanding growers they are out at Wiley, they dropped every sunburned cluster...which left me with a tiny amount of Riesling. The crop was ~60% down.
This one will not stick around long!
Wiley vineyard was planted by Brad Wiley in the 1970's. Our Riesling block was planted in 1976, with each couple of end vines planted to Muscat.
The character of Wiley continues to always come through. I love the wondrous dynamite spirit of this wine. Even goldilocks would be happy!
Makrut lime, jasmine flower, and orange marmalade on the nose. Alluring. The palate is more supple than years past, with a nice viscosity to the mouthfeel (no residual sugar, this wine is dry) a tinge of sage, zesty citrus, with nuances of white tea.
Riesling & Muscat (~5%) cofermented. A combination of vessels for fermentation & aging: concrete egg, a stainless steel barrel, and a neutral Puncheon for 6 months, stirred. 3.18 pH 7.8 TA 12.6% Alc DRY ⚡️