2005 Riesling Estate

2005 was an interesting year, with one of the driest winters and wettest springs on record! And unlike recent vintages that brought warmer weather, early ripeness and higher alcohol, this year’s harvest occurred later than most expected, resulting in cooler temperatures that will lead to lower alcohol levels, structured acidity and ideal flavor development. Vintage 2005 in the Willamette Valley will be a return to finesse and elegance, which has long characterized classic Oregon wines. Specifically, the white wines will be brightly aromatic with well-balanced fruit-to-acid ratios and refreshingly normal alcohol levels!

Our Riesling Estate is made from hand-picked fruit from three of our estate vineyards:  Elk Cove Estate, Five Mountain and Windhill.  Our Riesling vines are some of the oldest in Oregon, with our Estate and Windhill vines dating from 1975.  These older vines give us fruit with a delightful complexity not often seen in domestic Rieslings.

We have the perfect climate for this delicate cool weather white wine – there’s enough sunlight and warmth for ripening, but our cool evenings help us retain the delicate varietal character. We whole-cluster press our Riesling grapes, then ferment the juice at very cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks, producing an aromatic, crisp Riesling with a beautiful acid profile.

  • Vine Age 30 years
  • Yield 2 tons/acre
  • Harvest Sugars 22 Brix
  • pH 2.95
  • Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
  • Cases Produced 1,054

Vintage

2005 was an interesting year, with one of the driest winters and wettest springs on record! And unlike recent vintages that brought warmer weather, early ripeness and higher alcohol, this year’s harvest occurred later than most expected, resulting in cooler temperatures that will lead to lower alcohol levels, structured acidity and ideal flavor development. Vintage 2005 in the Willamette Valley will be a return to finesse and elegance, which has long characterized classic Oregon wines. Specifically, the white wines will be brightly aromatic with well-balanced fruit-to-acid ratios and refreshingly normal alcohol levels!

Vineyard

Our Riesling Estate is made from hand-picked fruit from three of our estate vineyards:  Elk Cove Estate, Five Mountain and Windhill.  Our Riesling vines are some of the oldest in Oregon, with our Estate and Windhill vines dating from 1975.  These older vines give us fruit with a delightful complexity not often seen in domestic Rieslings.

Winemaking

We have the perfect climate for this delicate cool weather white wine – there’s enough sunlight and warmth for ripening, but our cool evenings help us retain the delicate varietal character. We whole-cluster press our Riesling grapes, then ferment the juice at very cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks, producing an aromatic, crisp Riesling with a beautiful acid profile.

Viticultural & Enological Data
  • Vine Age 30 years
  • Yield 2 tons/acre
  • Harvest Sugars 22 Brix
  • pH 2.95
  • Vatting Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.
  • Cases Produced 1,054

Accolades

Wine & Spirits

92 Points “Adam Campbell’s estate wine is crisp, lithe and varietally spot-on…”
Wine & Spirits (March 31, 2007)

Sunset Magazine

“…delicate peaches and apricots and a teensy bit of sweetness…”
Sunset Magazine (May 31, 2007)

Northwest Palate

One Cluster. “…Well balanced, with an animated character….”
Northwest Palate (February 28, 2007)