By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.longshadows.com
Made by German great, Armin Diel, this Washington Riesling has been a rising star and is widely considered one of the front-runner’s in the industry. It’s known for that classic German richness and acidity with an overall balance but at it’s price point, it’s one of the more expensive Rieslings from Washington – is it worth it? Let’s find out.
- Residual Sugar: 1.35 g/100 mL
- Alcohol: 12.9%
- pH: 3.04
- TA: 0.80 grams / 100ml
- Release date: July 2010
- Production: 3,200 cases
- Price: $20
Nose: Lemons, lemon zest and the freakin’ peel – all here in full effect – but it brings a posse of river stone, pear, apricot, flint rock and pea gravel.
Taste: A tidal wave of citrus gang-tackles your tastebuds and once it has your tongue ‘down on the ground” – it proceeds to pour in flavors of river rock, blue stone, apricots and pears. Amazingly stellar acidity and a “roundness” of flavors make this one of the most memorable Rieslings I’ve ever had. The mouthfeel is the perfect combination of “roundness’ and acid – the finish lingers for weeks. For just under $20 at most retail locations, it’s a complete no-brainer.