About This Wine
Adam LaZarre has made dozens of award-winning wines over the years.
But few have made him as “happy” as the 2008 Fat Monk Riesling. “I have been waiting to make a Riesling for so long,” he says. He didn’t have that opportunity when he was crafting wines for Hahn Estates, but now that he’s the winemaker for Villa San-Juliette Winery, that winery’s Fat Monk brand made his dream come true.
“What an insanely versatile wine,” LaZarre enthuses. “I have constantly been asked if I made Riesling, but there weren’t many vineyards producing the grape, primarily because everyone yanked their Riesling out of the ground some years ago to make space for Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. Those are both nice varieties, but they’re not Riesling.”
One grower who has remained loyal to Riesling is Kelly McFarland, and it was McFarland who provided the grapes for the Fat Monk Riesling. For that, Adam LaZarre and the members of our tasting panel are very grateful.
One of the world's great grapes. Distinctive floral bouquet with balancing acidity. Grows best in cool areas where grapes ripen slowly. Subject to " noble rot", making wines of great richness and sweetness. Low alcohol.
- Grape Composition:93% Riesling and 7% Gewurztraminer
- Grape Source:California’s Central Coast Growing Region
- Aromas & Flavors:Apricot, Melon, Peach, Pineapple and Honey
- Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Tanks for 9 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2011
- Food Pairing Suggestiona cheese plate, or semi-spicy Asian cuisine.
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