2020 Desire Lines Wiley Vineyard Spätlese Riesling, Anderson Valley
There’s not a lot of this to go around, so I’ll keep this short. In 2020 we made just a single barrel of a Spätlese-style Riesling from Wiley Vineyard, with a residual sugar of 53 g/L. It’s one of the rare examples of a Spätlese Riesling that I know of in recent California Riesling history, and I think the wine is positively radiant. So much so that we’re holding back half of the wine for our own library, to drink with our children for many years to come (sorry!). We’ve had this open for a week in the fridge and the wine barely budged, and given the mysterious ability of sweet wines to resist oxidation, I expect this to have a lengthy and noble life in bottle.
"The 2020 Riesling Wiley Vineyard Experimental Series No. 8 At First Sight is stunning. Rich, layered and super-expressive, the 2020 is a total knock-out. It's done in a richer style than the straight Wiley, with more residual sugar, an approach that works especially well. This is another of the most memorable wines I have tasted so far from 2020. Terrific." - Antonio Galloni, 94 points
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