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MAIDENSTOEN lafond riesling 2017


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about the producer MAIDENSTOEN
maidenstoen wine was founded in 2013 to focus on high quality riesling being grown from unique and extreme sites in california. mike callahan, the winemaker, started working with the zabala vineyard back in 2008. the zabala vineyard is located in the south end of monterey county planted in dried up river bed soils with stone outcroppings throughout. mike typically picks this vineyard at 20.0-21.0 brix, resulting in final alcohols around 12%. this wine starts with heaps of fresh citrus and floral aromatics and shows complex minerality on the pallet. the zabala vineyard riesling has good natural acidity and shows great purity and expression from this phenomenal site. lafond is very unique from mike’s two other bottlings. the lafond vineyard is undoubtedly the coolest site that maidenstoen works with. located in the sta rita hills ava off of santa rosa road, lafond produces arguably the most approachable wine in the portfolio. vinified at very low temperatures, controlled with “cutting edge refrigeration”, this is a very slow fermentation