Hendsbee Vineyard Riesling 2017
Dry, fresh acidity with notes of lime and minerality. Seriously good and highly concentrated Riesling. An Orofino classic. Drink now or cellar until 2027.
This vineyard is located adjacent to our Home Vineyard and therefore shares many of the same qualities. The Riesling blocks were planted in 2006 and 2008. Cheryl and Lee Hendsbee own the property and do all of the work themselves. It is their fine attention to detail which produces some of the finest grapes we work with. Clones 239 and 21B are planted and each bring their own characteristics to the wine. The flat vineyard soil is quite rich and rockless for 2-4 feet depending on where one digs. But once you hit the rock, it is all gravel and river rock for 100 feet. It would be classified as sandy-loam with considerable organic matter.
Of the 3 vineyard-designated Rieslings we produced, this is the one that most resembles our previous vintages of Riesling. It is crisp and bright with very little residual sugar. The grapes were gently destemmed and then pressed in our old Wilmmes bladder press. It was then settled in stainless steel tanks and fermented at cool temperatures to preserve aromatics. A variety of carefully chosen yeasts were used to help enhance complexity.