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Stirm Rose


This is how Erik Mercier from Juice Imports describes the wines of the Stirm Wine Co. – “Ryan Stirm is a true Riesling fanatic. His arguments for why Riesling works so well in California are hard to refute after tasting his wines. He started his winemaking career in the US, teaming up with the now legendary Justin Willett from Tyler and Lieu Dit. After four years, he ended up working in the Wachau, Austria where he fell further in love with Riesling as well as Grüner Veltliner. His winemaking philosophy is quite simple. They whole cluster press everything, allow for short periods of skin contact, avoid SO2 until fermentation has completed, let indigenous yeast do their jobs, and fine/filter as minimally as possible. The ultimate goal is to let the vineyards shine through.”

“This wine is made from a blend of Riesling (97%) and Zinfandel (3%), from Wirz Vineyard. This site was planted in 1965 in the Gabilan Mountains. The soils are extremely interesting as this vineyard sits on the San Andreas Fault Line; they are primarily limestone- based clay and granite- based loam, but you can find plenty of large stones as well. The own- rooted vines yield a little over one ton per acre. The grapes were crushed for a two-day maceration before being pressed off into stainless steel. After a cold settling period the wine spontaneously ferments in tank, only receiving sulphur after malolactic conversion. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered.” 

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