2018 Loop de Loop Dry Riesling

Some say that while standing in the Acadia Vineyard you may mistake your location for Swiss
Alps. Acadia Vineyard is certified organic and cultivates exceptional cool-climate grapes such as Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner and Riesling; among other varietals. Perched on Underwood Mountain, in the Columbia Gorge AVA this South facing vineyard gently slopes from 1,000 –1,500 feet and boasts spectacular views of Mount Hood. The deep soil is volcanic sandy loam with trace minerals perceptible in the wines made from its fruit. The wines have a distinctive alpine character and the fruit is delicate and focused.

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In the Cellar: We harvested the Riesling during the first week of November. The high elevation aspect of this site allowed for an extended ripening period maintaining zippy acidity. The Riesling received a gentle pigéage, and was allowed to rest on the skins for 8 hours before pressing. The wild yeasts that came in on the fruit from the vineyard
kicked off a long cool fermentation, which ensured preservation the fruit’s pretty aromatics. Fermentation took place in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak barrels. After 3 months, the fermentation was complete and we bottled at the end of March in 2019.

The Vintage:  the spring and summer were very dry and warm; however, we didn’t suffer from any serious heat spikes and a cool autumn extended the vintage. That allowed grapes to hang and develop complex flavors on the vine while retaining fresh acidity.