2013 Chehalem "Sext-Ridgecrest Vineyard" Ribbon Ridge Riesling
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 SEXT Riesling, which has just a tiny bit of pétillance, contains 7% alcohol and 7.4% residual sugar. It has a "direct" bouquet of dried pineapple and beeswax aromas that are nicely defined, though not as complex as the Wind Ridge Riesling. The palate is intriguing (in a positive way) because the "sparkle" is more noticeable than I expected and it instantly refreshes not just the mouth, but your body from head to toe. No, it's not an intellectual Riesling, but what a perfect aperitif.
Turning to Moscato-levels of sweetness and alcohol, this low-pressure bubbly retains bracing minerality as well. It’s juicy and light, a perfect apéritif or mixer for Sunday morning mimosas.
Chehalem owner Harry Peterson-Nedry couldn't say no to selling us this wine. If he did, we'd probably have rioted and trashed his tasting bar because we were so fired up about it. This is just freaking delicious and should be consumed wildly and without regret. This slightly fizzy wine is reminiscent of Moscato d’Asti, but made from Riesling and much more interesting and less sweet. All pureed stone fruit and lacy minerality on the nose, its touch of perfectly balanced residual sugar acts as a fuse to all the explosive peach flesh, baked apple and apricot preserves that are packed into the palate. This must be tasted to be believed. (Bryan Brick, Domestic wine buyer)