Riesling, arguably the world most versatile and ageworthy grape, grows to world class status in the ancient soils of the Columbia Valley. Our United Ink Riesling shows a combination of lime and apricot fruit with excellent acidity and minerality.
SoilWind-blown silt - Loess on top of basalt bedrock. These soils are critically fast draining meaning. With scarcity of water the vine diverts energy to reproductive growth increasing fruit quality.
Tasting notesPale yellow-green in color, the nose begins with lime citrus and fresh apricot with a hint of petrol and mineral. The palate is slightly off-dry showcasing the ripe fruit and balance with acidity into the finish.
Food pairingsPerfect with the seafood bounty of it's PacNW origin, especially sockeye salmon, Dungeness crab or Cioppino.
The Pacific Northwest wine regions of Washington and Oregon make some of the greatest wines in America. More akin to Europe’s top appellations than California, United Ink combines excellent vineyards and top winemakers from the region together to produce some of the best varietals and styles the PacNW has to offer.
WINE BACKGROUND/ STORY:
The 2020 Riesling vintage brought a diversity of circumstances into the winey. The most divers aspect of the 2020 Rieslings we harvested throughout the Columbia Valley where their aromatic profiles. Undoubtedly freshly picked of the vine the Riesling was brimming with ripe fruits and sweetness. These simple flavors underwent a metamorphosis throughout our process yielding a collection of Washington only blending partners. Without hesitation our vintage coalesced integrating the intensities of each compound forming a the perfumed wine uniquely ours.
The majority of the 2020 Dry Riesling comes from skirted vineyard across a hill line surrounding the Yakima Valley.
In 2019, an early October frost largely ended the vintage statewide on October 10. Luckily we watched the weather and picked the grapes 2 – 4 days prior to the frost event to capture maximum phenolic maturity. The red wine soaks for 24 hours prior to yeast inoculation and spends between 7 – 10 days on skins before pressing. The grapes are gently pressed, tasting press cuts to avoid harsh tannins.
WINEMAKING / VINIFICATION:
Cap management is twice daily with pumpovers and pulsair at hot temperatures to acheive balanced extraction of color and tannins.
AGING & BOTTLING:
The qualities we find in the 2020 Riesling prompt us to urge the drinker to enjoy and relish in the aromatics of this Riesling without ageing. In the cellar we promoted precision, by way of protecting this Riesling. By maintaining the wine we have afforded a prolonged presence of aromas to be enjoyed at home.
Following traditional aromatic winemaking, we did not age the wine disrupting it purity. The wine was racked throughout its life then finally gently filtered to clarity before bottling.
Eastern Washington is classifed as “Srub Step” meaning its semi-arid. Apart from the low preciptation the Columbia Valley gets an addation 2 hours of light during the summer months compared to (much of Californa)
Wind-blown silt – Loess on top of basalt bedrock. These soils are critically fast draining meaning. With scarcity of water the vine diverts energy to reproductive growth increasing fruit quality.
Pale yellow-green in color, the nose begins with lime citrus and fresh apricot with a hint of petrol and mineral. The palate is slightly off-dry showcasing the ripe fruit and balance with acidity into the finish.
Perfect with the seafood bounty of it’s PacNW origin, especially sockeye salmon, Dungeness crab or Cioppino.
Gluten Free, Non GMO, Vegan