Our Riesling

Tasting Notes

The nose of our 2010 Fence Row Block Riesling first offers notes of slate, lime zest and coriander, and as the glass warms generous floral aromas unfold along with luscious hints of mandarin orange and white peach. On the palate, hints of juicy white stone fruit balance with bracing acidity to create a long, lingering finish reminiscent of ripe Asian pear and orange blossom.



At the northerly edge of Napa – Carneros, our Fence Row Block Riesling grows in loamy gravel-rich soils along the bank of a small creek. The creek’s mist ensures just the barest hint of botrytis on our “freckled” grapes, imparting an additional layer of complexity.



The 2010 vintage was the coolest in California’s history– perfect Riesling conditions. Long, slow ripening allowed the grapes to develop and retain the intense terpenes that make-up Riesling’s hallmark aromas. The concentrated flavor in the berries at a low Brix was a blessing, and we picked early to capture the unique character of the vintage.



Alison Crary
Alison Crary is a Geisenheim-trained winemaker, whose passion for Riesling has led her to search high and low for great Riesling sites in California. Dedicated to the idea, and trained in the tradition, that the great white wines of the world are made in the vineyard, she has spent the last six years in Napa and Sonoma counties discovering the best white wine terroir in the region.

Domingo Rodriguez



Domingo Rodriguez, a Swiss and Spanish national, has spent his last 20 years serving the global wine industry promoting and implementing the newest  filtration technologies and providing technical consulting. He is a co-founder and owner of the largest filtration service company in North America and is completely dedicated in making Alison Crary the Queen of California Riesling.