2018 Kerner, Mokelumne River
“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.
The 2018 season was exemplary. Spring was drier than in 2017 and after two years of poor set, consistently mild weather led to good berry set. Higher cluster counts than the low yielding years of 2015-2017 coupled with cooler late summer temperatures brought longer hangtimes, with harvest dates about two weeks later than the previous vintage.
Whole cluster pressed, native yeast, non-malolactic fermentation and sur lies aged in stainless steel barrels for two and a half months.