For sure one of the most interesting of these library wine re-releases. The 2011 Bright White smells like minerals, wet stones, and a light kerosene note. The palate is salty lemon-lime, honey, and white flowers. I would highly recommend picking one or more of these up. If you don't that's cool too - I'll drink 'em myself.
Bright White is made from hand-picked Riesling grapes sourced from Kick On Ranch in Santa Barbara County. 2011 was a great vintage, blessed by an even, long growing season that produced intense flavors while maintaining natural acids.
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, 2011 Bright White is pale straw in color. It shows pure aromas of white flowers, mineral, talc, and cut limes. The mouth is focused with mouth-watering acidity, grapefruit, pear, and mineral flavors.
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.
Food Pairing Notes
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.