Riesling, 2011. Stone Fruit

Riesling, 2011. Stone Fruit

Item #: C0314W2IG
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Riesling
Vineyard/Appellation: Rhienpfalz, Germany
Color: Golden Straw
Nose: White peach
Palate: Lovely peach, lemon peel and nectarine
Finish: Crisp and clean with a peach jam component
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2016/ 10.5% Alcohol
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Stone Fruit is crafted by M.S. Walker of Massachusetts. In 1929, Maurice S. Walker expanded his local pharmaceutical business into flavorings, extracts and syrups. Officially incorporated in 1931, M.S. Walker initially set up shop in Boston's South End neighborhood. After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the company expanded into the production and distribution of alcoholic beverages.

M.S. Walker entered into the business of marketing and distributing wines during the "wine boom" of the 1960s. Growth was focused on small estates and emergent areas with an emphasis on value. The company successfully introduced its own brands of popular wine categories which led to the expansion of its wine portfolio. Through cutting-edge marketing and hard work, M.S. Walker was able to achieve dynamic growth for several new brands that were later to be recognized as being among the most important in the industry.

The grapes came from a family-owned business that started in 1924 from a small winery near the village of Minheim in the Rhienpfalz region of Germany. It is now run by 4th generation family members. This state-of-the-art facility ensures the highest standards of quality and freshness are maintained.

Riesling and Germany are almost inseparable. It is, without question, the finest grape grown there; if not the world. Most Rieslings have a touch of sweetness to them but that is masked by a vibrant acidity that is the mark of a great Riesling. Riesling literally screams out the soil in which it is grown. No grape produces a wine with the soil's imprint as much as this one. It also ages better than any grape on Earth, including reds. As a matter of fact, the oldest wine ever tasted was a Riesling from a large barrel in Germany reported to be 700 years old and still drinkable!

Our selection is considerably younger but no less remarkable. Grown on steep slopes of Shale this great 100% Riesling is a wine full of crisp minerality, fresh fruit and a lovely long finish. They search out the best quality grapes from throughout the Pfalz to showcase the outstanding quality of this region. Try it with raw oysters, sushi or even sausages and sauerkraut and let it sing.

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