2014 Hyland Estates Riesling
DescriptionNose: Pear, White Peach, Petrol, and Green Apple
Mouth: Honeydew, Kiwi, and Vibrant Citrus
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
The Noble Varietal
This noble varietal may have initially been rooted firmly in Alsace and Germany, but this beautiful, dry Oregon Riesling is sourced from the oldest blocks of the Hyland vineyard. It has vibrant acidity, complex aromas and flavors that rival that of its German cousins. It is a perfect match for smoked salmon or sturgeon.
The 2014 vintage has the richness and power of 2012 but the restraint and balance of the classic 2013 vintage. Fresher and more balanced than 2009, and every bit as powerful, this vintage of a lifetime may be Oregon’s best harvest to date. From bud-break throughout harvest, growers and winemakers statewide experienced almost ideal growing conditions that delivered a record amount of exceptional, balanced fruit.
While the 2013-2014 winter may have started out as cold and wet followed by a wet and warm spring, the hot and dry summer allowed for an ideal, if not early, harvest. These seasonal characteristics led to bud-break, bloom and harvest all occurring close to two weeks earlier than usual. Despite the early progression, the warm temperatures - along with minimal issues due to rain, disease and birds - lead to even cluster development and a beautiful balance between sugar levels and structure in the berries. This resulted in deeply concentrated wines with luscious dark fruit flavor profiles. Warmer vintages may have the potential for high sugar and pH levels that produce wines that are stylistically different in both regional and varietal character. However, it is safe to say that 2014 may be one of the finest and most harmonious vintages in the history of Willamette Valley.
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