TASTING NOTES: It is only natural that Abraxas is a standout wine from vintage to vintage. The Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer are organically farmed in the cool climate of RSV’s Scintilla Sonoma vineyard, where RSV’s flock of sheep graze the land and falcons patrol the vines. This wine shows brilliant, integrated complexity led by a floral bouquet of jasmine, honeysuckle and spring citrus blossom; followed by fruit flavors of green apple, D’anjou pear, fresh Meyer lemon and tangerine. Focused, riesling-driven minerality is one of the many layers of texture that offer a nod of respect to the great aromatic whites of France, Germany and Austria. It is a deliciously dry wine that is great with the classics - cheese, cassoulet, tarte flambée - but really shines with the foods of the world - Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indian - in that it can handle spices and flavors that are usually in beer or saké territory… and it does it with a verve that is rare for a New World wine.
WINEGROWING NOTES: Abraxas is a dance with nature. It rejects science-based winemaking and instead embraces the craft of winegrowing. Four grapes - Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Gewürztraminer - grow side by side on RSV’s organically farmed Scintilla Sonoma Vineyard. Each variety is hand picked at night at each variety’s peak expression, cool fermented separately and then blended to create a wine of character with stunning aromatics and mineral nerve. It is naturally delicious.