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Ursa Major Only Memories Remain Rieslingtext
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Ursa Major Only Memories Remain Riesling 2020

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaUrsa Major is the passion project of Rajen Toor, who was born and grew up on his family's vineyard. The project began as a conversion to organic growing, sustainable cellar practices, and the open mind to experiment and play with the grapes his family had been growing for 25 years. From Josey’s Vineyard on the Naramata Bench, this riesling was destemmed, foot stomped, and left overnight before basket pressing into stainless for a 45 day native ferment. It was then racked into neutral puncheon for 3 months prior to bottling. Juicy and lime-driven, with pulp and peel and pith all at the fore, joined by fragrant lemon blossoms, crunchy green pear, and a slight slick of RS to balance off the acidity. Impressive youthful wine, and if you can get your hands on a bottle (they sell out near immediately), do. But really - a plastic cork?Tasted: 28 May 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 28.00 winery direct Producer: Ursa Major WinesDistributors: Storied Wines & Spirits
Grape: Riesling