Full Review

Hagafen

Hagafen
2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Sweet, Riesling, Coombsville, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 4%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24
Cellar Selection

Hagafen
2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Sweet, Riesling, Coombsville, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 4%
Light straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe apricot, juicy pear, lychee, wool, and candied cashew with a round, vibrant, petillant, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length beeswax, sweet ginger, meyer lemon, and yellow plum finish with no oak. A juicy, fruit-packed Riesling with a sunny disposition and elegant style; a Cellar Selection.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & New World
Aroma Aroma: ripe apricot, juicy pear, lychee, wool, and candied cashew
Taste Flavor: beeswax, sweet ginger, meyer lemon, and yellow plum
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Duck Paté, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy, fruit-packed Riesling with a sunny disposition and elegant style; a Cellar Selection.

The Producer

Hagafen Cellars

The Producer
4160 Silverado Trl
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-252-0781

Their Portfolio

86 Don Ernesto 2015 "Beret", Rose, Napa Valley 12% (USA) $24.00.
93 Hagafen 2014 "Don Ernesto Collage", Lodi 14.4% (USA) $24.00.
91 Hagafen 2012 Brut Rosé, Napa Valley 12% (USA) $48.00.
93 Hagafen 2014 Don Ernesto’s Collage, Lodi 14.4% (USA) $24.00.
90 Hagafen 2015 Estate Bottled, Riesling, Napa Valley 11% (USA) $24.00.
91 Hagafen 2015 Clearwater, Riesling, Lake County 11% (USA) $21.00.
93 Hagafen 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13% (USA) $27.00.
93 Hagafen 2014 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $48.00.
92 Hagafen 2015 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $42.00.
86 Hagafen 2016 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
92 Hagafen 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa County-Sonoma County 12.5% (USA) $27.00.
94 Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Sweet, Riesling, Coombsville, Napa Valley 11% (USA) $24.00.
83 Hagafen 2015 Methode Champenoise Brut Rosé, Napa Valley 12.5% (USA) $48.00.
88 Hagafen 2016 Estate Bottled Wieruszowski Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $54.00.
91 Hagafen 2016 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Coombsville, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $42.00.
92 Hagafen 2015 Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine, Napa Valley 12.8% (USA) $48.00.
92 Prix 2012 Mélange Red Table Wine, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $75.00.
89 Prix 2014 Estate Bottled, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13% (USA) $40.00.
89 Prix 2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
88 Prix 2016 Reserve, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
85 Prix 2016 Estate Bottled Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 12% (USA) $40.00.
93 Prix 2014 Reserve Estate Bottled, Syrah, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $65.00.
88 Prix 2015 Estate Bottled Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $80.00.

Riesling

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Although many consumers believe Riesling is a sweet wine, there are all types, ranging from bone dry to ultra-sweet. Offering a remarkable array of perfumes ranging from apricot and peach to peony and petrol, and having excellent natural acidity, Riesling is one of the world’s greatest wines.

Germany is home to the most famous examples of Riesling; produced from vineyards along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, these wines have tremendous character and minerality, owing to the slate soils these vines are planted on. Alsace, in northeastern France is another region that excels with Riesling (especially dry versions); the same is true for the Clare Valley in Australia, where Rieslings are often characterized by a petrol aroma.

Dry versions work with many different types of foods, from seafood with cream sauces to pork, veal and duck. Sweeter version should either be served on their own or with blue cheeses such as stilton or gorgonzola.

While it is safe to say that Riesling is an under appreciated wine for the typical American consumer, there has been greater popularity over the past few decades, as dry and off-dry Rieslings pair beautifully with Thai, Asian and fusion cuisine; thus Riesling is a wine directly linked to a healthy lifestyle.