2020 Thorny Vines Vineyard Riesling $28 ($24.35 Wine Club Price)
About a third of the way up the Naramata Bench with a Northern aspect, the Thorny Vines property is lovingly cared for by the Hornby-Smiths. Reaching into slightly richer loamy soils, these vines bring palate weight and a linear acidity not seen from our other properties.
Grapefruit and mandarin explode on the nose leading apple blossom and lean pineapple with a nearly dry finish.
'From Thorny Vines vineyard, at the southern end of the Naramata Bench, the site faces gently north and was planted to 21B in 2010 on fertile heavy clay loam. The north facing site gives this crazy acidity (11.025), easily cutting through the 56 g/L RS. Stony and serious, yet juicy and bright, with Asian pear, lime pith and peel, mandarin, grapefruit, quince, tightening and drying on the lingering finish with a chalky / lime pith twist. A beauty, as ever, and at a boggling 7% to boot. Smashable. 93 points'
- Treve Ring, Gismondi on Wine Aug 9 2021