The 2014 Louise Riesling is an easy wine to love right now, but don’t be fooled by its enticing aromas of guava, lilac and candied Meyer lemon. Such depth and richness lie beneath the refreshing finish that this wine isn’t likely to express its full potential for another four to eight years.
Riesling’s exotic range of aromas and acidity make it a darling of sommeliers and winemakers. In this vintage, the scents are a fresh burst of elderflower and white nectarine, with just a whiff of petrol to tickle your mind.
The warm summer of 2012 produced a Riesling with exuberant tropical flavors. Aromas of juicy pineapple interlace with delicate floral hints of peach blossoms and intriguing mineral undertones.
The 2011 vintage marked the first year in which the fruit was sourced entirely from the estate. The subdued and intricate aromas of white peaches and honeysuckle intermingle with the richness of guava.
Like so many great Rieslings, this wine is a celebration of summer’s flowers and fruit. The aromas are a concentrated mélange of white peach and nectarine, melded with a heady perfume of primrose.
The late-October rain that plagued so many Napa vintners in 2009 had no impact on the Riesling fruit, which was harvested well before the showers fell.
The gentle weather of 2008 yielded a floral, ripe Riesling with fragrant aromas of honeysuckle and white nectarine, along with the cooling flavor of candied lemon peel.
The 2007 vintage marked the first time Palmaz sourced all the fruit from the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley.
The cooler weather of 2006 contributed to the citrus-like character of this wine. Even after a few years of cellaring, this vintage is youthful and refreshing.
The warm, steady weather of 2005 contributed to the ripe aromas of white-fleshed nectarines and peaches, along with an enticing undertone of raw lamb’s wool.
Fruit for this vintage came from the old-vine Riesling vineyard of Long Vineyards in Pritchard Hill. This mature, low-yielding vineyard contributed to the heady honeycomb aromas sought after by Riesling connoisseurs.