2017 Reeve, Riesling “The Prism” Mendocino County.
The Reeve Riesling “The Prism” is ultra high acid example that bristles with electric shock like vibrancy and steely verve, this is one of the better versions of this varietal you are likely to find, it reminds me of the Rheinhessen’s Wittmann, which is saying a lot! Reeve, a new label by Noah and Kelly Dorrance, Missouri natives now based in Dry Creek, is a small winery, a follow up to Dorrance’s success with Banshee Wines with a focus on Sangiovese, but also crafting small lot wines like this wonderful Riesling, as well as a lineup of Pinot Noir(s) using the talents of Ross Cobb (Cobb Wines, Hirsch, Flowers, Williams Selyem) and Katy Wilson (LaRue, Kamen, Flowers) in the winemaking. Reeve works with only sustainable, organic or biodynamic vineyards and this vivid Prism Riesling shows the energy and purity that comes from great farming, and care in the cellar with extremely clear and clean layers of flavors, it shows lime, grapefruit, white peach and tangy quince along with a steely core of mineral, wild herb, spice and delicate citrus blossom in a wine of lightness and zest. The heightened acidity is eye popping and is very refreshing, but with time in the glass a more complex side starts to show up with verbena, kiwi, wet river rock, rosewater, faint tropical notes and lemongrass/bitter extract adding to the whole experience in this impressive and intense California Riesling. Enjoy with oysters, cured meats/melon and sushi, especially a creamy Toro or Uni, drink up, and be sure to check out all the Reeve offerings, I highly recommend their Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, and their Rose, even though it will be hard to find, and if you get up to Sonoma, you should check out the winery and tasting room.
($30 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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