2014 Kashong Glen Vineyard Riesling
Planted atop Devonian shale, Kashong Glen Vineyard is farmed by the father/son team of Jim and Mike Colizzi where they emphasize an "Old World" approach to vineyard planting, spacing, and management; treating the vineyard in as natural a manner as possible. This wine was uninoculated, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and aged on the lees in neautral oak barrels for eight months. 3.17 pH, 9.45 g/L TA, Alcohol 11.5%, Residual Sugar 14g, 25 Cases Produced
2014 Growing Season Summary
The story for the 2014 vintage actually begins in the early months of the new year, as the region was gripped by the now arctic air resulting in lows of -10 degrees. Consequently, crop-load was generally reduced by around 20-30% on average for vinifera varietals.
In what had been a rather wet and often very cool year, we entered September nearly two weeks behind where we traditionally are for that time of year. The extremely wet conditions contributed to enormous disease pressure. Suddenly however, as September began, we entered a period that led even the most senior viticulturist in the region to recognize that it was the best September in several decades. We ended the month with less than one inch of rain, and experienced a higher number of growing degree days than usual. September was remarkable for many days above 78 degrees, but with cool nights in the 50 degree range. October continued the trend, though with a steady cooling pattern in place. All varietals reached physiological ripeness, while retaining higher than usual levels of acidity.