2010 Influence Riesling Tasting Notes
With no added sugar or acids this Riesling is a true expression of pure fruit quality and Finger Lakes terroir. The nose opens with hints of fresh apricot, lime, and flint that develop into lush peach and melon aromas. The palate is fresh with great balance and intensity of flavors. Look for more peach and nectarine flavors with a mouth-watering finish. This wine is great as an aperitif or with fresh seafood. It is bold enough to cut through the richness of pâtés, any cheese or grilled meats.
Every vintage a winemaker’s goal is to showcase the best attributes from the fruit he is presented. Fruit intensity, acidity, and sugar balance are all attributes which bring a wine to a harmonious blend of aroma, flavor, and palette impression. The winemakers’ influence determines the quality seen in the glass.
Once harvested, Influence Riesling is delivered to White Springs Winery in Geneva, NY on Seneca Lake, where the experienced staff led by Derek Wilber crush, press, and cold settle the juice, which is then shipped to Premium Wine Group on the North Fork of Long Island. Upon arrival, winemaker Erik P. Bilka begins the winemaking process. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks. Before completion fermentation is halted in order to maintain the natural residual sugars found in this semi-dry vintage. The refining process which involves separating natural occurring sediment from the final product is done delicately in order to preserve the fruits integrity. This minimalist approach by the winemaker influencing only what the juice requires, allows the fruit to be showcased in the final wine.
Brix at Harvest – 19.8
Titratable Acid – 7.02
Residual Sugar – 22.00 grams/ liter
Aged – 100% Stainless Steel Tank
Bottled – March 31, 2011