When the late Joan Davenport took over this showpiece property in 1990, the Riesling vines were two decades old. Last year marked the 45th anniversary of this planting, which is believed to be the third-oldest in the Dundee Hills. It’s an expensive neighborhood for vineyards, which makes this dessert Riesling from Breyman Orchard Road a novelty. Ken Wright cellarmaster Alberto Alcazar makes it a fun exploration, starting with a lovely nose of apricot jam, lavender honey and burnt cream. Inside, it’s pleasant and sweet with flavors of baked apricot, poached pear and nougat. The structure is not syrupy, and the combination of pear skin and tangerine pith balances the residual sugar (14%) rather nicely.
Production: 266 cases
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