Price $55.00, $44.00 (Phelps Preferred)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Scheurebe from our Home Ranch Vineyard in St. Helena.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 22, 2016
Overview In 1994, the desire to produce an “ice wine,” or Eiswein, as it is called in Germany, prompted Joseph Phelps Vineyards to adopt a unique program whereby Scheurebe grapes would be picked late in the season and then frozen, thus concentrating their high sugar levels. The resulting wine was called “Eisrébe,” a play on the German words Eis (ice) and Rebe (vine). Although German Eiswiens are produced from fruit that is actually picked frozen on the vine, we found that by freezing the grapes ourselves we could fashion a delicious dessert wine that is viscous and smooth, with excellent acidity to balance the sweetness. Bottled in 375ml only.
Winemaking Data One of the few Scheurebe plantings in California, the grapes were handpicked and frozen to -5°F followed by a partial thawing before a long, gentle pressing. The juice was fermented in stainless steel at a cool temperature to retain the subtle aromatics of this variety.
Winemaker Notes The 2016 Eisrébe opens with heady aromas of lemon curd, citrus peel, honeysuckle and tropical fruit notes. The wine is exceptionally concentrated with balanced acidity and an opulent texture to fully showcase the fresh peach, lemon verbena, wild flower honey and vanilla crème brûlée characteristics highlighted throughout the palate and long, pleasing finish.
Vintage Notes The 2016 Napa Valley growing season had a warm, mild winter resulting in early Scheurebe bud break at the beginning of March, followed by a normal period of bloom and veraison, in early May and mid-July, respectively. Overall, 2016 was a cooler growing season, despite the early start, allowing for delicate aromas and flavors to develop in the berries.