2016 SeaGlass Monterey/Santa Barbara County Riesling

Winery

They say that “life’s too short for cheap wine.” But who really has the energy (or the pocketbook) to drink only the most artisanal wines? In fact, we’re often in situations where we can’t simply open our high-scoring, well-aged, collectable wines - a weeknight, after a soccer game or when a friend just happens to pop in. Named for the jewel-like, naturally-polished glass stones you might discover on a beach, SeaGlass wines are made for good times with friends or family, when an inexpensive but enjoyable wine can add surprise and joy to an otherwise mundane occasion. They are lively, flavorful, and well-made; easy to drink and “anxiety-free” to open. Part of the Trinchero Family Estates portfolio of wineries, SeaGlass produces Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from excellent vineyards in Santa Barbara and Monterey, near the Pacific coast, where the climate is cool, the growing season long, and the wines fruity and crisp. These wines are perfect with food. Medium-bodied, full of flavor and bright acidity, they match a wide range of Asian, Mediterranean, European and Latin American cuisines.

Wine

Encountering Riesling after years of drinking Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc can be a revelation. Complex aromas along with bright fruit, mouthwatering acidity and conspicuous minerality coalesce into a light to medium-bodied wine that excels either as an aperitif or as a dinner wine. Yet finding a location with the right conditions for Riesling is difficult - especially in California. SeaGlass Riesling comes from northern Monterey County, where a cool, coastal climate, low rainfall, and rocky soils provide the terroir that produces this vibrant, fragrant and flavorful wine. The distinctive blue glass bottle signals a casual spirit, but this wine will add a refreshing dimension to spicy dishes, smoked salmon or lobster salad.

Winemaking

The must was fermented in stainless steel at cold temperatures; care was taken at every stage to limit contact with air in order to preserve and express maximum freshness and varietal fruit character.

Tasting notes

Honey and jasmine notes underlie aromas of apricot, peach and tropical fruit; the flavors of crisp Asian pear, peaches and melon are concentrated and rich. Acidity and minerality give structure to the wine that finishes slightly off-dry.

Appellation

Central Coast

Varietal

88% Riesling, 10% Gewurtraminer, 2% Mixed Whites

Size

750ml

Closure

Screw Cap

Alcohol

13.0%

UPC

085200005765