2017 Stirm Riesling Kick-On Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Barbara County
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • oakville72 Likes this wine: 88 points

    July 24, 2022 - Deeply colored for a Riesling. Good fruit and warm climate Riesling character but still enough acidity to hold together.

  • ashikoh Likes this wine: 89 points

    July 13, 2019 - medium golden hue with glints of green; lemon, pear, honey, beeswax; slightly oxidative, citrus, minerality, good length; medium body, dry with only 0.6 g/L RS, high acidity, 12.9% ABV; made from 100% Riesling sourced from Kick-On Ranch in Los Alamos in Santa Barbara County, 48 hours of whole cluster maceration before pressing; $24

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  • nzinkgraf wrote:

    March 24, 2019 - No sulfur, ferment and aged in barrel. Get a little floral and sweet tart on the palate, very good. And more kick than the ABV on the Wirz 2017 Riesling presents.

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  • G_Talbot wrote:

    February 4, 2019 - Natural Wines of the US of A (P&V Wine + Liquor, Newtown, Sydney): A whole cluster wine that rests on skins for 48 hours, gets a little oxidation, and goes through malo (for a riesling?) = honey!

    Clear, medium, candy yellow.
    Medium (+) nose of lemon, honey and pineapple.
    Dry, medium acidity, medium (-) alcohol and body, medium flavour intensity of lemon, pineapple and lingering honey. Medium (+) length.


  • RajivAyyangar wrote: 88 points

    October 29, 2018 - MNB: Riesling vs. Chenin: (blind)
    Medium yellow color with a hint of gold.
    1-2g RS.
    Pronounced nose. The nose is oxidative - with bruised musty ripe mango, dried mango, underripe apricot, slight botrytis honey.

    On the palate, 14% alcohol, high acid, lots of wax, toasty wax, hints of botrytis. And yes, a singed-wool reductive note. So oxidative / bruised and reductive at the same time. A hint of phenolics - possible slight skin contact?

    Final call: The fruit character and oxidative winemaking are putting me firmly in Chenin Blanc. The dry-ish nature and slightly earth-driven style are taking me to the old world, Savennieres.

    Final call: 2013 Savennieres, $40.

    Great mid-palate concentration. Reminds me a bit of Clos de Bergerie and also a tiny bit of Gravner.
    Whole cluster press. 24 hr skin contact.

    2017 Stirm kick-on vineyard 11.7% alcohol, Riesling
    Analysis: wow... I was totally off on structure. Interesting aromatic wine, but a weird style.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2017
  • Type White
  • Producer Stirm
  • Varietal Riesling
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Kick-On Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Santa Barbara County

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  • Consumed 6 (100%)

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hors d'oeuvres, lighter poultry dishes, seafood, sushi

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