2009 Crayelle Dry Riesling – Review

Craig Mitrakul is the owner and winemaker of Crayelle Cellars and has quite a long resume of making award-winning wines for a number premium Washington Wineries and has emerged onto the radar of Washington wine aficionados as one of the wine-makers to watch.

  • Blend: 100% Riesling (clones 90 and 198)
  • Fermentation: Primary fermentation was in a stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures. Fermentation was completed over a 24 day period.
  • Aging: The wine was cellar aged in stainless steel tanks for 6 months prior to bottling.
  • Cases: 200 cases bottled in March 2010
  • Alcohol: 13.2 %
  • Titratable Acidity: 6.4 grams/liter
  • pH: 3.09
  • Residual Sugar: 0.4% (dry)
  • Price: $15

Nose: Oyster shells, stone fruit here as well – a hint of pears, apricot – also a nice hint of river rock which I really like.

Taste: First off, the acidity and dryness are absolutely ripping – I love it. It’s like taking a razor blade and scraping your tongue so can have a refreshed palate and fully taste your next bite of food. Good mix of pear, cinnamon, clove and crushed oyster shells glide nicely along the tongue and explode into a mineral-driven desert of dryness on the finish. This is a classic example of why – in my opinion – Washington State is a world-class Riesling producer.

W.E.P. Rating: 125%

On the web: http://www.crayellecellars.com

  • Craig

    Washington is the largest producer of Riesling in the US and I agree that the Rieslings here are world class.  Thanks for the review Duane.

  • Sarah B.

     Dear Duane, I agree with your comments on Crayelle’s Riesling. I have tasted this wine and many of Craig Mitrakul’s other wines and find them to be good, solid, well made wines. Always a joy to drink. He also is an exceptionally nice guy.