Bright White is made from hand-picked Riesling grapes sourced from Kick On Ranch in the Los Alamos area of Santa Barbara County. 2016 was an incredible harvest, with a foggy and relatively mild summer, despite the ongoing drought. The wines are deeply concentrated with great freshness and balance.
The fruit for this wine was whole-bunch pressed, early in the morning to minimize damage to the juice. Only the first (free-run) fraction of the juice was then cold settled and fermented long, cold, and slow in stainless steel. Contact with air was avoided at every step. The utmost care was taken to maximize freshness, purity, and brightness.
This wine is delicious upon release, but those with patience will be rewarded over the next 5-10 years as it develops those curiously tasty toasty lemon butter and kerosene characters of aged riesling. Wine is always changing, but at bottling, Bright White is pale straw in color. It shows pure aromas of white flowers, mineral, talc, ginger, and cut limes. The mouth is focused with mouth-watering acidity, grapefruit, pear, and mineral flavors. This Riesling is awesome with exotic, spicy, and fragrant foods . . . fresh Thai green curry, duck and plum sauce, Vietnamese rice paper rolls, sashimi, and cold salads.