We are not huge Ice Wine or dessert wine fans. But when we had Eisrebe at Phelps in Napa, it changed out minds completely. My expectations that it would probably be too sweet were completely unfounded, as we found it to be flavorful, lucious, and very satisfying.
Produced from frozen, late harvest Scheurebe grapes, this unique dessert wine is characterized by a pronounced rose peach bouquet and luscious flavors of citrus and apricot balanced by clean fruit acidity.
Wine Maker Notes
Grapes for Eisrébe are all grown on the Spring Valley estate. Phelps' approach to this wine is to harvest at optimum maturity and then transfer to cold storage outside the winery for freezing. Frozen grapes return to the winery where they are pressed, increasing the sugar content of the juice by about half through the elimination of ice. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and is allowed to progress until the wine reaches eight to ten percent alcohol and residual sugar of 23 to 25 percent. The wine is then bottle in the early spring following harvest, without oak contact.