Late Harvest Riesling at Ravines
Late Harvest wines are produced by leaving the grapes on the vine one to two months longer than normal, which allows the grapes to become dehydrated and thus sweeter due to higher concentrations of sugar. Workers covered the rows of grapes with netting to prevent the birds, deer and other critters from eating the grapes while they are dehydrating.
Riesling is one of the favored candidates for late harvest wines, given it’s high acidic content. Grapes will lose their acidity while hanging longer on the vine, and higher concentrations at the onset still create a dessert wine with a certain crispness that other varietals lack.
Ravines currently produces a Late Harvest Vignoles, another popular late harvest dessert wine produced by the same method mentioned above.
Late Harvest Vignoles 2013
Vignoles bunches are naturally transformed into a honeyed dessert wine with vibrant citrus and exotic fruit notes.