A festive new label, a timely story and luscious nectar combine to make this a beautiful, high-end bottling by one of the most passionate Riesling houses in the country. Selected lots from Selenium Vineyard, one of the cooler sites in the Yakima Valley at 1,200 feet elevation, were harvested at 8˚Fahrenheit — a temperature that fits with legal ice wine production in Canada. And the conditions arrived Dec. 6, which is St. Nicolas Day. The cellar work by Steven Sealock creates aromas of apricot jam and honey with pinches of allspice, clove and nutmeg. Those baking spice notes carry onto the palate, which brings hints of poached apricot and apple pie. The sweetness of 15% residual sugar and pleasing apricot skin bitterness makes this quite a quaffer, which should pair nicely with fresh-baked bread and goat cheese.
Production: 117 cases