I founded Maidenstoen Wine Corp in 2013 to focus on high quality Riesling being grown from unique and extreme sites in CA. I started working with the Zabala Vineyard back in 08’
producing some Syrah for Luis Zabala. He later would turn me on to his organically-farmed Riesling block. With many historical ties to Riesling’s history in Monterey County, I felt compelled to produce wines that maximized the potential of this amazing site. The Zabala Vineyard is located in the south end of Monterey County planted in dried up river bed soils with stone outcroppings throughout. I typically pick this vineyard at 20.0-21.0 Brix. Resulting in final alcohols around 12%. This wine starts with heaps of fresh citrus and floral aromatics and shows complex minerality on the pallet. The Zabala Vineyard Riesling has good natural acidity and shows great purity and expression from this phenomenal site.
Lean, tightly-wound attack; on the palate, dried herbs and macerated flowers against a crescendo of minerality and related textures; considerable citrus and top notes of white-fleshed melon at mid-palate; resolutely dry with great tension and considerable length. Still young; very enjoyable already; but likely to become ever more exciting with additional time in bottle. An excellent dry riesling.