2006 Poet’s Leap Riesling

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Riesling has been said to be the “most food-friendly” grape available – its diversity is nothing short of incredible and it’s one of the “gateway” grapes to help folks come into the wine-world fold of things.

Over the past few years, however, this kick-ass grape started getting a bad reputation on this side of the Atlantic due to the fact we had so many wineries making “sugar-bombs” out of them. Those over-sweet efforts did nothing to truly showcase how wonderful this grape is and can be.

Thankfully, we’ve had quite a number of winemakers in this state who’ve started making rieslings in more dry fashion which has really whipped up the hype around it because it’s so much more food-ready now.

Technical Notes:

  • Residual Sugar: 1.28g/100ml
  • Alcohol: 12.9%
  • pH: 3.06
  • TA: 0.73 grams/100ml
  • Release date: Summer 2008
  • Production: 1,904 cases
  • Vineyards: 32% Yakima Valley Vineyards, 32% “Old Vine” from Dionysus Vineyard, 19% Sonnet (Horse Heaven Hills) and 17% Weinbau Vineyard (Wahluke Slope)
  • Price: $20

Nose: Orange cream-sicle combined with nice gorgeous floral components and some Fresh-Step cat litter – I also get a hint of chalk dust, peach skin and honeydew. There’s some good amount of flintiness going on which I really dig as well.

Taste: Outrageous silkily mouth feel – creamy and chalky at the same time. There’s an excellent balance of minerals, spice and fruit here. Apricot-laced marshmallows with nectarines. Excellent finish which wraps around your tongue and bosses it around for hours. Great complexity here with tons of depth.

Overall Summary:
There’s no doubt that this is one of the more exceptional rieslings I’ve had and the folks at Poet’s Leap should be glad to know they’ve done very well on this wine. Its winemaker, Armin Diel, had his German heritage really shine through on this wine – he did a brilliant job of combining that good German-quality while bringing out the best in what Washington State has to offer in its riesling. Kudos to him and his team – I’d easily hit this wine again in a heartbeat.

Foods I’d Hit it with:
Shellfish
Curry-based Pasta’s
Thai Food
Blackened Trout
Pan-seared Seabass
Bratwurst

-duane pemberton

W.E.P. Scale Rating: 120%

  • http://www.winomagazine.com/ josh

    This is, without a doubt, my favorite WA Riesling because of the very reason it hits 120 on WEP.

  • http://www.winefoot.com duanep

    It's a great one, for sure…however, the Efeste is up there as well..

  • http://www.winefoot.com duanep

    It's a great one, for sure…however, the Efeste is up there as well..