Red Tail Ridge Dry Riesling 2020


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Alcohol: 12.4%

Grape(s): 100% Riesling

Localization: Finger Lakes, New York, USA

Tasting NotesAromatics of lychee, water chestnuts, white flowers, ginger, melon, saline and wet limestone. Flavors of Asian Pear and melon, citrus peel, threads of honey suckle, vanilla-tinged persimmon, and dried pineapple. Mouth filling mid-palate with persistent acid spine that elongates and lengthens the finish.

Notes: 56% Fermented in neutral Hungarian puncheon and French barrique. 44% in stainless steel. Indigenous Yeast fermentation. Minimal intervention. 

The Domain: Red Tail Rdige is the ​First LEED Gold certified green winery in New York. Red Tail Ridge is a boutique winery located in the heart of the Finger Lakes on the western shore of Seneca Lake. We specialize in limited production cool climate wine grapes.

With a climate similar to the cool climate regions in Europe, the Fingers Lakes is the perfect place to experiment. It was important to Michael and I to set us up for the long-term, which is why we became a LEED-gold certified green winery—currently the only one in New York State. 

Nancy Irelan is the winemaker and partner at Red Tail Ridge. She has been in the wine industry for over 35 years.  

Nancy’s career path includes a decade at E&J Gallo as VP of Viticulture & Enology R&D, a PhD in grape genetics in the UC-Davis Viticulture and Enology Depart, along with various consulting gigs.

After years of large volume production and mass appeal, Red Tail Ridge is a personal journey of introspection for Nancy, as she focuses on how to best represent the unique personality and terroir of her vineyard.

Each wine is a tiny time capsule of typicity that reflects a moment in the life-history of our little property.