Clif Family Winery
2011 Mendocino Riesling
California: Mendocino County
Very highly recommended, today’s 2011 Clif Family Winery Riesling is a crisp, dry and refreshingly delicious treat.
We had assumptions about this wine, before we ever opened the bottle. By reputation, we knew that we would really enjoy the wine - but we were not prepared to be very impressed by it. Our entire tasting panel fell instantly in love with this wine, declaring it to be the best Riesling we have ever featured.
This wine is dry, not syrupy or cloying, with an acidity that is in perfect balance with the delicious fruits. This is a very food friendly, all-seasons wine that can be served with a variety of cuisines.
We recommend pairing with Salad Nicoise, a Greek salad, aged cheeses, or a butternut squash pasta. Medeteranian falafel and hummus plate would also be an excellent companion.
Pale straw yellow with sliver and faintest green highlights. Tall, skinny legs form high on the glass wall before moving slowly downward.
Bright and fresh with apricot and melon rind. As the wine warms just slightly, it opens to reveal a lively citrus zest, pink grapefruit, Valencia orange, vanilla, light peach nectar, all framed by a limestone mineral base.
Granny smith apple, young pear, Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit, lemon verbena and green melon. Again, with everything framed by a lovely minerality.
Most flavors go moderately long. Overall, the finish is clean and very fresh with a lingering pear that goes on far longer than the other flavors. Limestone dryness persists for a long time.
What the Winery Says
On the nose, aromas of pineapple and honey mingle with hints of grapefruit and honeydew. Fresh flavors of pear, grapefruit and green apple explode on the palate. These intense flavors help lead to a dry and crisp finish. This wine pairs perfectly with mildly spicy, flavorful foods such as Thai, Cuban or Moroccan dishes.
Mendocino County experienced cooler than normal temperatures and some unusual spurts of rain during the 2011 growing season. Despite this, when the time was right, the grapes ripened into beautiful clusters. The fruit for this vintage of the Clif Family Winery Riesling came from Pauli Ranch in Porter Valley, located about 60 miles north of Healdsburg.
This wine was fermented to dryness in stainless steel tanks for 8 months thus helping preserve its lush fruit character and balanced acidity.
About the Winery
Our love of wine is linked to a love of adventure. The journey toward becoming vintners began years ago in Europe, where a long day of cycling ended with a leisurely meal and a great bottle of wine. Today, we seek to recreate those inspiring moments with our wines.