Our Vin de Glaciere is sourced from our Wallula Vineyard which sits on ridge soaring 1,000 feet above the Columbia River. Because the vineyard is farmed with the highest sustainable standards, the wine beautifully portrays the characteristics of this unique piece of land in Washington State’s Columbia Valley.
We pick the Vin de Glaciere Riesling grapes around 22.5% sugar in order to preserve the natural acidity of the grapes. The grapes are then frozen and pressed frozen, resulting in a concentrated press juice (about 36% sugar) and a low yield (about half our yield from non-frozen grapes). The concentrated juice is fermented until we reach 16.1% Residual Sugar. The wine’s aromatics portray an abundance of pear, jasmine and honey. On the palate, the wine is surprisingly light and aromatic but not cloying or syrupy — this has to do with the balanced acidity (1.01%) in the wine. The 8.9% alcohol makes the wine refreshing and quite food friendly.
At Pacific Rim, we’re Riesling zealots. In fact, 95% of our total production is Riesling wines. Riesling is consistently one of the fastest growing white varietals in the wine industry. Riesling simply is the most versatile, complex and food-friendly of all the noble grapes. No other varietal can be crafted to express so many different and wondrous characteristics — from bone dry with floral aromas to dessert sweet with spicy aromas.
More than any other varietal, Riesling purely expresses its terroir. And Washington’s Columbia Valley — home of Pacific Rim — provides the ideal soils and climate for growing world class Riesling. Purity is at the core of Pacific Rim’s winemaking philosophy. We exclusively use stainless steel tanks, expressing the truest character of vineyards. Our wines are fresh, vivid and elegant with delicate yet complex aromas. Riesling’s crisp, vibrant characteristics are a fresh alternative to heavier, oak-laden white wines.