2015 The Summit
The Summit – Dry Riesling, Willamette Valley OR - It is a low-alcohol, big aromatic wine with mouth quenching acidity. Honey Suckle! Big floral aromatics of honey suckle explode out of the glass complimented by hints of melon and citrus. It’s like a fruit stand that meets a perfume counter and has a kid. On the pallet it is light bodied with great fruit expression and has a very juicy finish. Great summer time wine.
Willamette Valley, Oregon’s growing season was hot. The hottest ever, with several days over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The Oregon wines from this harvest will reflect that, just as they should.
Budbreak was three weeks ahead of ‘normal’ and the growing season maintained that lead through to harvest. Despite the heat, ripening was slow and steady, and light rains in August helped the vines stay in good shape. Following historical patterns, the hot, early start to the season finished cooler than usual, so there was no rush to bring in crop.
Yields were enormous. Many vineyards reported cropping 150% more wine in 2015 than its five-year average. The general sentiment is that 2015 looks as good as 2014 and 2012.