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2021 Desire Lines Massa Vineyard Riesling Carmel Valley - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2021 Desire Lines Massa Vineyard Riesling

In some mysterious way, I think the remarkable setting and unusual soil type stamp our Massa Vineyard Riesling with a personality distinct from our Mendocino County Rieslings (Cole Ranch and Wiley Vineyard). I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something singular to the austere phenolic mouthfeel, opulent orange citrus fruit profile, and herbal nuances that speak of California’s sunny Central Coast. The wine was fermented in a 1000-liter Stockinger oval and left on lees until bottling in July. The wine shows just a touch of matchstick reduction on the nose, which I adore, and it reminds me a little of the Rieslings from Hofgut Falkenstein. 4.5 g/L RS and 7.1 g/L TA. "The No. 10 Old Durney, Riesling from the Massa Vineyard in Carmel Valley, is gorgeous. Lemon confit, marzipan, chamomile, white flowers and a touch of tropical fruit give the 2021 an exotic profile that is both distinctive and appealing. There's a good bit of textural oiliness that adds character. Bright acids perk up the effortless finish." - By Antonio Galloni on April 2023 (93 points)
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