2016 Firestone Vineyard Riesling, Santa Ynez Valley
This Riesling has a delightfully bright combination of crisp Golden Delicious apples, lemon zest, and nectarine. The full round finish displays fragrant notes of Mandarin orange and jasmine tea with honey on the finish.
95% Riesling, 5% Gewurztraminer
Santa Ynez Valley
August 23, 2016
100% Stainless Steel
May 11, 2017
2016 was another vintage of both high quality and quantity of fruit. We had an early bud break, which began in the third week of February, and a warm spring that led to slightly earlier bloom. Summer temperatures were mild and warm resulting in a good fruit set and average yields. We harvested all the fruit on August 23, 2016 - the earliest harvest to date -in cool temperatures to ensure cold fruit at pressing.
Founded in 1972, Firestone was the first major estate winery to sink roots in the Santa Ynez Valley. The winery’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean, a mere 26 miles to the west, ensures a relatively mild and arid climate throughout the year. The moderate weather and complex, rocky soils make this a perfect setting for our 340 acres of Bordeaux, Rhone and Burgundian varieties.