This small lot production was made in partnership with WSU V&E Director Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling and WSU research winemaker Richard Larsen. It is the first and only commercial wine ever produced in the WSU Winery in the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center in Richland, Wash. The fruit was donated by Sagemoor Vineyards and was sourced from the Bacchus Vineyard. Bacchus vineyard is located just east of the Columbia River about 15 miles north of the Tri-Cities and is home to multiple varieties planted on 180 acres. The vineyard is managed by WSU V&E alum Lacey Lybeck.
This is a single-clone Riesling was made from clone #198, a clone with characteristically strong mineral and floral flavors with a fine texture. This is one of the only single-clone Rieslings produced in the state of Washington. The wine was fermented with a select Riesling yeast in 100% stainless steel. Aging was extended on yeast lees (5 months) to build body and enhance fruit aromas. The wine has a fine texture and a clean, crisp finish.
Aromas/Flavors: citrus, pineapple, lemongrass, chrysanthemum
AVA: Columbia Valley
Partner Vineyard: Bacchus Vineyard, Sagemoor Vineyards
Partner Winemaker: WSU Faculty, WSU Winery