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Riesling Hillside 2022

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Riesling Hillside 2022
Riesling Hillside 2022
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Using the great Rieslings of Germany as our inspiration, this variety has become a specialty of the winery. A long, cool fermentation preserves the complex array of fruit and floral qualities found in our grapes. While many don't have the patience to wait, our Rieslings have an impressive track record of ageability, comparable to the best of Germany.

Varietal Composition100% Riesling
AppellationEl Dorado
VineyardEstate Vineyards
PH2.96 pH
Aging100% stainless steel
FermentationFermented in stainless steel tanks at 48-52 degrees
Residual Sugar1.2%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date12/16/2022
Cases Produced109 Cases

When we originally planted the vineyards in 1973, we had no idea of how truly spectacularly Riesling would acclimate to our site. The "ridgeline" of our Estate Vineyards, at 3,000 feet, has some of the coolest daytime tempuratures of all our microclimates. Perfect for Riesling, the north-south row orientation protects the fruit during the hottest periods of the day, while breezes flow easily through the canopy. The soils are an Aiken loam, rich and deep, allowing the roots to find water late into the growing season.  The results are wines high in acid, with a wonderful marriage of fresh fruit and Riesling minerality.

Paul Bush, Owner/Winemaker

Madroña Vineyards

Camino, California. 


We are a family-owned and operated winery focusing on terroir-driven, Estate-Grown fruit.

Annual Case Production:  12,000 cases

Planted Acres:  70 acres planted at the 2,850 to 3,000 foot elevation.

Career Background:  Having helped plant the family vineyards as a kid in 1973, I grew up working in our winery what seemed like every day after school. I had no intention of “winding up” in the wine industry and graduated from U.C. Davis in 1989 with a degree in Economics. However, with an interest in traveling abroad, our winery offered a flexible schedule and an opportunity to work with inspiring winemakers such as Mark Foster and Hugh Chappelle. I began managing the vineyards and business in 1991 and making the wines in late 2002.

Biggest Professional Challenge: Balance! Working with my wife, Maggie, we find our greatest challenge is how to be business owners with all of its responsibilities while making the wines, growing the grapes, marketing the brand and raising two daughters. Any given day can be filled with dusting the vineyards at daybreak, acid trials before lunch, working in the tasting room in the afternoon—and then throw in a swim meet or school play for spice.  Undoubtedly, every small, family winery tackles the same aspect of wearing so many hats, but the challenge and excitement is unique to each one.

Varietals that Madroña is Known for:  In total, we grow 27 varieties in our El Dorado vineyards. From within these plantings, however, I believe that Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Riesling and the seven Portuguese varieties (for our New-World Port) are consistently outstanding.

Short Testimonial: I truly can’t imagine doing anything else but growing grapes and enjoying  wine. I believe the terroir of our region is unique with overall cool-climate aspects, peppered with warm summer days and a slightly shorter growing season. So finding the true expression of each variety for our vineyards ends up being an exciting and challenging adventure every vintage. The wines have more backbone and structure than most regions of California while showcasing the intense varietal character of mountain fruit. Most often, I find that the wine knows best in how it should be “made,” and I’m just along for the ride. As we once heard in France, “One does not make wine. One elaborates wine!” And with our Estate-grown grapes, I am quite content to be the “elaborator.”

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