Damiani Wine Cellars is excited, proud, and honored to announce a unique and heartwarming project. DWC Winemaker, Phil Arras, has created an extraordinary wine, the first under his own label, under extraordinary circumstances.
The story behind Dry "Rhysling" is one of adversity and love. Arras' son Rhys was born with a congenital heart defect and needed open heart surgery shortly after his birth. Thanks to Boston Children's Hospital, Rhys' heart was repaired and he was given a chance to thrive. The story of crafting this wine parallels Rhys' struggle to come into this world.
In late July of 2014 one of Damiani’s Riesling vineyards was struck by hail, badly bruising more than half the fruit, but they were determined to save the damaged grapes. After fermentation with native yeasts, Arras found that not only did the fruit survive a seemingly catastrophic event, but the juice thrived and became something truly wonderful and unique.
Dry Rhysling is now available in the Damiani Wine Cellars tasting room, and $5 of every bottle sold goes directly towards organizations dedicated to Pediatric Cardiology.
Blend: 100% Riesling
Cooperage: 87.5° Stainless Steel, 12.5° French Oak
Residual Sugar: 1.0%
Harvest Date: 10/15-28/14
Harvest Brix: 20.0°- 21.6°
Total Acidity: 8.25 g/L
Cases Produced: 192
Rating: 91 points, Editors Choice – Wine Enthusiast
100% east side Seneca Lake
Tasting Notes & Food Pairing
Similar to our “Davis Vineyard” Dry Riesling, the Dry Rhysling presents itself in a more fruit forward style. Passion fruit is abundant on the nose, with crisp green apple on the palate giving way to subtle melon flavors. Dry Rhysling is an excellent accompaniment to summer fruit salads, Thai grilled shrimp, or even Chinese takeout!
Ever so gently, the spring of 2014 tip-toed in with a very enthusiastic welcome from both grape growers and the vines themselves. The long and harsh winter – both in terms of temperatures and snowfall – reduced the potential crop yields early in the season. With fewer initial clusters, vines were able to deliver a more focused flow of energy and nutrients to the remaining ripening fruit. The Finger Lakes saw spring and summer days with temperatures regularly vacillating from cool to hot with intermittent showers, creating constant shifts and activity in the vineyards as our grapes inched towards maturity. Each hand-harvested vineyard brought fruit to our winemakers that demonstrated playful acidity, promising flavors, and tremendous quality.
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