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2013 The Composer

2013 The Composer
2013 The Composer

Winemaker Notes: Light straw in color, the wine offers superb aromatics of apple, pear, spice, petrol, and white flowers. The aromatic complexity follows through on the palate with notes of spice, mineral, wet stone, apple, pear, and lime. Nuances of mineral and petrol echo on the long, vibrant finish. High flavor intensity and concentration on a tight, linear frame. Properly cellared it should gracefully evolve over the next decade.

Cooperage: The wine greatly benefited from an 18 month elevage on fine lees in neutral oak barrels.

Fermentation: 100% Riesling, blend of 3 clones - Geisenheim 110, Geisenheim 198 and Neustadt 90 from Bacchus and Dionysus Vineyards. 10.9 g/L residual sugar, TA 7.4 g/L. Cooperage 60% neutral oak fermentation, 40% stainless steel fermentation.

Cases Produced: 112

AppellationWalla Walla Valley
VineyardDionysus Vineyard, Bacchus Vineyard
Sugar10.9 g/L
Acid7.4 g/L TA
Aging8-10 years
Volume750 ml



90 Points



Pale yellow-gold. Fresh apricot and orange blossom scents, along with hints of spiced nuts and vanilla; shows a positive slightly oxidative character. Lush and concentrated but nicely dry, with a distinctly saline minerality to the flavors of stone fruits, citrus zest, pear and wet-stone minerality. A distinctly spicy phenolic edge gives the wine grip and tension and buffers its moderate residual sugar (11.2 grams per liter). This wine is carrying just 11.9% alcohol, along with healthy 7.8 grams of acidity.

Stephen Tanzer , Vinous Media

89 Points



Made in a clean, crisp Kabinett style, the 2013 Riesling The Composer offers lots of apple blossom, honeysuckle and buttered citrus qualities to go with a medium-bodied, supple, nicely textured and rounded feel on the palate. Aged 18 months in neutral oak, it has good, not great, acidity, excellent purity of fruit and a clean finish. It's a good Riesling to enjoy over the coming couple of years.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

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