We are very excited to present yet another incredible selection with an amazing family history. Nacina, which means "the way" in Croatian is owned by cousins Dan and Christian Tudor, whose grandfather made wines on the ancient island of Hvar in Croatia. The Tudor family's wine history goes back 2,000 years.
Dan and Christian's grandfathers moved to the U.S. in the 1920s, just when Prohibition was ending. They settled in Delano and began growing grapes and making wine. Every generation since has been a part of the process, which is now called Tudor Winery.
Dan began making wine in 1982 when working for another cousin, Louis Lucas, who owned one of the most revered vineyards in Santa Barbara, Tepuesquet. From there, Dan ventured off to Monterey and the hallowed ground of the Santa Lucia Highland's. It seems as though the more we taste the wines from here, the more we're enthralled.
Riesling isn't particularly known here, but after tasting this luscious selection we wonder why. The climate and soil is similar to that of the Mosel in Germany, so there is no question of its value for the Riesling grape.
It certainly shows here. The plethora of aromas is nothing short of otherworldly. Peach, apricot, apple and kiwi emanate from the glass and deliver that promise on the palate, adding specs of citrus, pineapple and mint. All in all, a dizzying array of the grandeur of Riesling.