2017 Kerner Mokelumne River

100% Kerner

“Kerner is a cross of Riesling and Trollinger with origins in Germany. It also makes fine, aromatic whites in the Alto Adige region of northeastern Italy. Our Kerner comes from the only planting in California.” – David Ramey


Dry, aromatic wine that’s gently floral and spicy with a crisp, medium bodied finish that is brightened by bracing acidity.

vintage notes

2017 began with a very wet winter.  The summer was mild until a significant heatwave around Labor Day sent winemakers and growers scrambling to pick the first wave of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. After the heat wave, temperatures were warm and steady, allowing winemakers to make picking decisions based on optimal fruit maturity rather than impending weather. Our harvest started Aug 21st with the final Merlot from Carneros arriving on October 10th. Yields were very close to projections while fruit quality ranged from great to exceptional, with well-preserved acids, great color and good varietal expression.


Whole cluster pressed, native yeast, non-malolactic fermentation and sur lies aged in stainless steel barrels for three and a half months.

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  • Palm Beach Daily News | Paul William Coombs | The Right Wine Can Add Sparkle to the Fourth | June 28, 2018
    • The Kerner, a cross between riesling and trollinger grape varieties first created in 1929, and named after Justinus Kerner, a 19th-Century German poet famous for his drinking songs. It was sourced from the Mokelumne Glen Vineyard, the only kerner vineyard in California. The Kerner had a good level of citrus crispness balanced by floral aromas, with a fruity, very juicy palate that was medium-bodied with a slight spiciness in the finish. It works well with lightly spiced food.
  • Jeb Dunnuck | June 2018
    • The 2017 Kerner Mokelumne River (100% Kerner) offers lots of citrus and stone fruits as well as a hint of flowers. It’s medium-bodied, juicy, and downright vibrant on the palate, and is going to be a terrific meal starter. | 91 pts
  • Terroirist.com | Isaac James Baker | California White Wines
    • Bright yellow color. Peaches and dried mango, honey, some olive oil and spicy herbal elements as well. On the palate, the acidity is pristine, and it’s balanced wonderfully with a rich texture – but, wow that acidity carries this wine from start to finish. Lemon, white peach, yellow plums, mixed with dried white flowers, wild clover, honeysuckle, and a salty-mineral element that is delicious. Very impressive stuff. (91 points IJB)
  • D Magazine | Hayley Hamilton Cogill | What to Drink Now: Non-Traditional White Wines | June 2018
    • Sidebar Cellars Kerner, from winemaker David Ramey, proves that unique varieties thrive in California sunshine. A crossing of Riesling and Trollinger, the wine is savory, slightly spicy and fresh.
  • Christy Canterbury MW | May 2018
    • I adore Kerner, but I’ve never had one from outside of Italy’s Alto Adige until now. That echoed winemaker David Ramey’s experience, too. He fell in love with Kerner when Paul Greico poured him a glass blind at Terroir Tribeca. So, I jumped at the chance to taste this cross of Riesling and the black grape Trollinger, a.k.a. Schiava Grossa, from California. This is the ONLY Kerner vineyard in California. The vines were planted in 1988 and 1998. This is a glistening yellow wine with scents of lime blossom, Calvados and minced ginger paste. The palate is velvety smooth and pleasantly robust. Mouthfilling flavors of guava and passion fruit dominate, lifted by a hint of celery on the medium finish. So delish, so refreshing and so very Kerner! Don’t miss this!
      Drink: 2018-21 | 91 pts
  • Honest Cooking | Annelise McAuliffe | April 2018
    • The sleek bottle and label is the first thing about this wine that caught our eyes. Its crisp, medium body with refreshing acidity make it the perfect pairing with grilled or pulled chicken tacos. Its minerality makes it a great pairing even if the tacos pack some heat.
  • Vinography | Alder Yarrow | April 2018
    • Pale green in the glass, this wine smells of orange peel, nasturtium flowers and wet pavement. In the mouth, silky flavors of orange peel, kumquat and melon have a nice, crisp snap to them thanks to excellent acidity. A touch of bitterness creeps into the finish. 14.1% alcohol.