This wine was made four years before the creation of Clos Saron. Made at the Renaissance Winery when Gideon was making the wine and Saron growing the grapes. The last remaining 180 magnums were recently purchased from Renaissance and released under the Clos Saron label.
The Renaissance vineyard, source of this wine, was designed and developed under the guidance of Karl Werner, born and bred in a wine producing family in the German Rheingau region, arguably the epicenter of the Riesling universe. When it came to planting this variety in the California Foothills, he carefully selected steep East and North facing granite slopes for the purpose. This variety, surprisingly, always seemed very much at home in this rugged, rocky terrain, so strikingly different from its German home… The vines stay naturally balanced and yield very small amount of fruit, requiring very little “management” from the vineyard crew. It ripens relatively late, after other varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, at reasonably low sugar level and relatively high acidity, crucial for producing well balanced wines.
1995 Was one of the most successful vintages for white grapes in our region. A relatively mild and long growing season resulted in perfect ripeness with great acidity. At over 20 years of age, this wine is now at its peak, with years of life in reserve.
This is a classic example of a fully mature Riesling: Completely dry, intense, precise. It is medium-full bodied, with great concentration and depth of fruit, perfectly framed by its lively acidity. This is neither Germanic or Alsatian in style: it is more assertive, powerful, and austere than either. It tastes like the Sierra Foothills look. The decades in the bottle contribute the telltale petrol aroma and amazing complexity of flavor.
Note: Due to the unusually elongated shape of these magnums, we are only able to ship them in 3-packs. Thank you for your understanding.