2005 Bonny Doon Vineyard Muscat Vin de Glacière
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From the winery ...
"This year's Vin de Glaciere® sees the reintroduction of a process we employed for many years, whereby grapes are picked at normal sugar levels, frozen to roughly 10Â° F and subsequently pressed while frozen. This manner of cryomancy may not count holistic beauty among its chief virtues, however, it is a very elegant way of producing something approximating ice wine in a region not known for any sort of frigidity. It allows us to pick early while natural acidity is relatively high and precisely dial in the desired sugar level of the juice to be fermented. We thus avoid the potential depredations that attend leaving defenseless grapes on the vine well into the rainy season, to wit: rain, rot and rapidly degrading acidity. We are also able to make a very particular style of wine which has many of the hallmarks of late harvest wine while retaining the freshness and vibrancy of a dry wine. This year's model is a welcome return to the old days when the racy and exaggerated notes of apricot, elderflower and rampant pineapple-ocity sent shivers down our spines." - Bonny Doon