Tiny Napa producer Localism sources Kerner grapes from Mokelumne River, a sub AVA of Lodi, and the only California vineyard that grows Kerner commercially. Kerner: think Riesling with a little less acidity (but still acidic) and a little more floral (like Viognier, but not LIKE Viognier). I recently enjoyed this wine at a local tasting so much I bought some for my house. Smell and taste Meyer lemon, kiwi, lime-ade, lemongrass. It sits lightly on the palate but doesn’t fade away. Refreshing and intense, this is a wine I’m sure will stand out for its uniqueness and tastiness. 10% Riesling in the wine adds to the wine’s “lift.” While it was created in Germany in the 1920s, the few Kerner wines you can find on the market come from Italy’s Alto Adige Region.
This is Mom & Pop Winery through and through. Ryan and Nicole Knoth do it all. Ryan is the winemaker (his moonlighting job and he makes high-end Napa wines for others) and Nicole runs the sales and business. Their wines are consistently tasty and interesting. Seek them out!
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