2009 Long Shadows Poet’s Leap – Reivew

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.

Technical Data:

  • 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.

W.E.P. Rating: 100%