94 Insider Points

REVIEWS

Balanced and dry, this lovely Riesling is also complex, focused, elegant and distinctive. The aromas and the flavors that mirror them fan-out as a zesty perfume of Meyer lemon, apple skin, tangerine, peach pit, kiwi, lime curd, melon rind, lavender, chamomile, white rose, jasmine, brioche and shaved coconut: all underscored by chalky minerality. The texture is supple and the overall impression is of bright, youthful energy. - 94 Insider Points

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Riesling
  • ALCOHOL
    12.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Aromas of ripe key lime and nectarine meet with edgier elements of pomelo pith and tangerine rinds on the nose of this single-vineyard expression. There's a clean, stony note to the palate, which also offers lime rind and lemon-cream flavors as well as a tense texture. - 90pts. Wine Enthusiast


Ponder your past or future or just live in the present with this dry and racy Riesling. The grapes were lovingly trampled in the vineyard and allowed to sit on the skins for 24 hours to capture the beautiful aromatics before performing a whole cluster press.  Fermented at a cool temperature in stainless steel, the Zabala Riesling was also kept on the lees to give a depth and a creamy texture. Lemon yellow in color, a wave of chamomile, spicy ginger, and aromas steeped in white tea and citrus peel tickles nose. Preserved lemon, clover honey, stone fruit and fresh hay on the palate swirl with starfruit for a satiny apricot nectar texture. Bottled on Valentine’s Day, your taste-buds will do a happy love-dance with the zesty acidity. Low alcohol means you can drink more! 12.5% alc. 317 cases produced.

TASTING NOTES 

Lemon yellow in color, a wave of chamomile, spicy ginger, and aromas steeped in white tea and citrus peel tickles nose. Preserved lemon, clover honey, stone fruit and fresh hay on the palate swirl with starfruit for a satiny apricot nectar texture.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Kristie Tacey, winemaker and founder of Tessier Winery, is a scientist turned winemaker. A former published research scientist who studied protein pathways, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from her native Michigan to pursue a career in biotechnology, which included working on the Human Genome Project. Kristie’s appreciation of French wines — especially those from Burgundy and the Loire and Rhone valleys — has shaped her winemaking choices.She sources high-quality fruit from a strong network of farmers in the Russian River Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and El Dorado foothills. She then uses minimal-interventionist winemaking techniques to showcase the unique characteristics of the grapes and the vineyards. For Kristie, sustainability is a priority — not only with the vineyards’ farming practices, but also by having long-term relationships with her growers and customers. With an annual production of 750 cases, Kristie is able to give unparalleled attention to each wine.