2019 Ojai Vineyard Riesling Kick On Ranch Dessert Wine 375 ml

Year: 2019
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Dessert Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 8.0%
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"The 2019 Riesling Kick On Dessert Wine is made in the style of an ice wine, by freezing Riesling grapes and pressing off the juice, resulting in a concentrated must that's fermented to about 8% alcohol. The nose offers gregarious candied peaches, musk and tropical fruits with loads of floral accents. The palate is full-bodied and fully sweet with tropical fruits and great freshness that keeps this from feeling cloying or over the top. Well done! 224 cases were made." (WA)

"Though labeled simply as Santa Barbara Riesling with no designation of sweetness on its label, this wine is distinguished by being available only in 375 ml bottles and is an exceptionally well-made dessert offering of amazing richness and varietal precision. Its concentrated, vividly fruity aromas of honeyed peaches and pears are followed by intense, very pure, terrifically vital Riesling flavors, and, its very considerable 23% residual sugar noted, it is as bright and impeccably balanced as it is unctuously sweet. 375 ml bottle. Reviewed: September 2020" (CG)

"A dessert wine based on 100% Riesling, the 2019 Riesling Kick On Dessert Wine has a ripe, upfront, medium-bodied style that offers lots of sweet apricot, honeysuckle, and floral notes. With terrific balance in its acidity and sugar, it's going to shine with any number of fruit desserts. I'm sure it will age, but there's no need to delay gratification.

I continue to love the wines from Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel. These lean firmly toward the fresher, elegant end of the spectrum, yet I always find the wines to have wonderful depth of fruit, terrific balance, and singular characters." (JD)

Winery Notes:
A stunning blast of Riesling character, showing heady aromas of exotic white fruit, sugared citrus and ginger blossoms. It’s deliciously sweet, yet acidity lifts the wine well before it seems syrupy or heavy.