by Fred McMillin
for September 10, 1997
A Riesling to Remember
How did this winemaking miracle come about? The short answer is that when the Renaissance Winery was built in 1970, the founders brought in German winemaker Karl Werner. He in turn brought in 500 years of family experience with the Riesling, as well as vines and wood from his homeland. With hundreds of acres of terraced vineyards at a cool 2,000-foot elevation to choose from, Karl found a world-class microclimate and in time the medals flowed.
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to go back and taste one of those early, landmark wines? Well, you can! The winery has released some of the '87 under their Da Vinci label at a bargain price of only $8 (.375 ml.). It still has plenty of the honeyed apricot flavors that charmed those Bordeaux judges a decade ago. Here's a rare chance to enjoy a sip of American wine history.
1987 Late Harvest Riesling, Sierra Foothills, Yuba County
Postscript: What's the origin of the name Yuba? Quite appropriately, it is derived from the Spanish word for grape, "uva."
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