Margerum Riesling 2020


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Alcohol : 10,3%

Grape(s) : Riesling

Localization: Santa Barbara County, California, United States

Tasting Notes: Nose: Fresh fruits of pear, apple, and beautiful white florals jump out of the glass with hints of honeycomb. Palate: Crisp, clean, and racy. Complex young flavors of tart apple pie and strappy citrus peel literally dance on the palate. A nice minerality rounds out the wine and there is a persistent finish.

Food Pairing: This is a wine that is great served cold as an aperitif or slightly chilled with smoked seafood or Asian cuisine. It’s a wine that can be (and should be) enjoyed now. We also recommend cellaring to drink the next 10+ years as previous vintages have aged incredibly well.

The grapes for this wine are sourced from the Kick-On Vineyard located on the eastern end of the Los Alamos Valley along the meandering San Antonio Creek.  The grapes are picked at quite low Brix by me and my crew, crushed, and gently pressed to stainless steel tanks for a cool slow fermentation to retain the delicate aroma profile associated with fine Rieslings. Due to the high natural acidity, we cease fermentation early to retain some natural residual sugar to balance the steely acidity, increasing viscosity and mouthfeel. 

Vintage Conditions: It was a consistently warm (not hot) dry summer and we had veraison quite early.   The grapes ripened earlier than usual which is great for grapes destined for rosé.  We want fruit just approaching ripeness with higher acid and a lower brix. 

The Domain: Margerum Wine Company is committed to working with the top vineyards in Santa Barbara County to produce small lots of premium wines. The winery is located in Los Olivos in the heart of California's beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. We are part of a growing group of vintners looking to return winemaking to its previous form of production – hand-crafted and personal. Owner Doug Margerum and winemaker Doug "Scotty" Scott, craft world-class wine in a temperature-controlled building that houses tanks, barrels, and a cold room that is perfect for our production size.

Our commitment is to create handmade wines with place and personality to them that are made to our own standards. We work within the connotations of nature, stressing individuality, and production on a human scale. We strive to make wines that we personally enjoy and our hope is others will enjoy them as well. The approach to this is the antithesis of mass production.