Damiani Wine Cellars is excited, proud, and honored to continue this heartwarming project. DWC Winemaker, Phil Arras, has created an extraordinary wine under extraordinary circumstances. The story behind "Rhys-ling" 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. Rhys, now five years old, is growing into an energetic young man. Through the RHYS-Ling project Phil Arras and Damiani were able to donate more than $10,700 from the first vintage. We continue with the second vintage of RHYS-Ling, sending 20% of the proceeds of every bottle sold to organizations dedicated to Pediatric Cardiology.
WinemakingBlend: 100% Riesling
Tasting Notes & Food Pairing
For our charitable wine we use indigenous yeasts for fermentation and allow nature to take its course. Our second vintage of RHYS-Ling is reminiscent of baked Granny Smith apples and peach fuzz, and a slight hint of rhubarb. It has a decisive guava note on the finish with a firm grip from partial barrel fermentation. Serve RHYS-Ling at Thanksgiving dinner, or with spicy spring rolls, German sausages with sauerkraut, or traditional streusel.
drink now through 2020+
Yet again, the Finger Lakes experienced another very harsh winter in 2015. Two harsh winters in a row caused lots of bud death and vine damage, but as always, lower yields result in improved fruit quality. In spite of the harsh winter we were graced with a growing season that started out cool and wet but finished with a healthy showing of sun and heat. Harvest kicked off at the usual time with lots of sun and was temperate with little rain. All in all it was a good harvest and though yields were down between 20-40% on nearly every varietal the result was exceptional quality, with complex fruit across the board. Expect lush, rich, voluptuous wines from this vintage!
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