Brandborg Elkton Riesling
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Excellent wine from higher altitude vineyards in a cool, coastal climate terroir.
- The late ripening Riesling variety prospers in the Elkton climate, allowing for full flavors and aromatics to develop.
Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
Elaboration: The Brandborg Riesling is sourced from two adjacent vineyards in Elkton planted in 1983, Bradley and Anindor. Both vineyards used cuttings from the original Ken Thomason Elkton Riesling planting dating to 1972. These west facing slopes have windblown soils originating in the Cascades, Coast Range and Siskiyous, carried to Elkton by the Umpqua River. Their sites have proven to be excellent for this late ripening variety and our cool maritime climate in Elkton. The wine is a shimmering light gold in color.
Tasting Notes: The Brandborg Riesling opens with aromas of ripe pears and green apple with hints of tangerine, lime and sweet honeysuckle. The entry is crisp and racy and as the wine warms in your mouth all of these fruit flavors emerge and the texture becomes more supple. The finish is very pleasing and lingering.
Intensely aromatic, with pungent scents of diesel and citrus oil. The flavors penetrate equally, with mixed citrus flesh and rind, lemon verbena and dry honeycomb. It’s finished dry, though not searingly dry, and glides cleanly on through the finish. – Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast
2018 – 90 Wine Enthusiast
Brandborg Vineyard and Winery, founded in 1986, produces fine handcrafted varietals in limited bottlings using old world techniques. Devoting careful attention to every stage of a meticulous winemaking process and optimizing the unique contributions of site, soil, and climate, Brandborg strives to preserve the distinct character of the vineyards.