2020 Double L Riesling
Located in the well-drained foothills above the Salinas Valley, the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation is California’s most distinctive region for growing terroir-driven wines. Strong afternoon winds and coastal fog originating from nearby Monterey Bay flow through the AVA, resulting in one of the longest growing seasons in North America. This unique combination of abundant sunshine and truly cool climate creates wine with intense flavors and balanced acidity.
Our riesling grapes were gently pressed and cold settled. Freshness and bright fruit character were preserved by cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks, which was arrested by chilling down the wine to achieve an off-dry style and low alcohol.
In the glass, the 2020 Double L Riesling displays a graceful, appealing nose of jasmine, green apple, and lemon balm. Traditional riesling flavors of white peach and honeysuckle work beautifully with the wine’s opulent aromatics. The wine’s style starts with subtle sweetness, yet finishes bright and dry (much like a traditional German “Kabinett”). This wine is a natural pairing for spicy Asian cuisine or Roquefort cheese.
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“Silky, fresh and juicy, astounding acidity, fresh lime, racy and pure, long and bright.” - Anthony Dias Blue, August 2021
"Central Coast Riesling was a thing back when I first started getting into wine, and a few producers continue to bring us this domestically under-appreciated grape from the locale. Morgan is always a favorite, with this fruit sourced from a site better known for its Pinot Noir. The aromatic invitation includes white flowers, apple, nectarine and citrus zest, and the ensuing palate party delivers those elements over shimmering acidity that shows off the just off-dry style beautifully. Don’t miss this if you really want to see the diversity possible in the region." - Rich Cook Nov 30, 2021
"Fresh aromas of lime and apple are enlivening on the nose of this cleanly made bottling. The palate is vibrant with enlivening flavors and chalky in texture, experly integrating the subtle hints of sweetness."
- Matt Kettmann, December 2021
"A lovely Riesling with just a touch of sweetness on the front palate, is aged for 8 months in stainless steel. It explodes with notes of green apple, lime juice, and lemongrass on the nose and on the palate. Bright acidity and a lengthy finish create a delicious ending. Only 184 cases made." - Jeremy Young, December 2021