2009 Pacific Rim Columbia Valley Riesling

SKU #1061217

92 points and the #2 wine on Wine Enthusiast Magazine's "Top 100 Best Buys 2010:" "A classic Washington tasting-room Riesling only better. Opulent and fruity, with apricots, star anise, mint, a very nice spicy streak that lifts it up, and adds a lot of complexity. Smooth and supple, it coats the palate, captures some floral highlights, even a bit of marshmallow." (Nov. 2010)

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/2/2010  | Send Email
Oh Riesling, how you get kicked around so. There is no other varietal that produces such a quick and visceral response, “NO, I really don’t like Riesling.” The key to getting over this phobia, Riesphobia as I like to call it; is to try Riesling again for the first time in years. You’ll be shocked at how well even the sweeter, or in this case riper (the residual sugar here is still a very low 2.3%) Rieslings are balanced. Long gone are the days of the melted hard candy sweetness in quality Rieslings. Producers are more and more aware of balance and acidity and the Pacific Rim brand is a perfect example of that. Packed with peach flesh, nectarine and kumquat this is exotic stuff but waves of tart green apple and wet granite follow to counterbalance all that lush fruit. When I tasted this I easily could have put back a bottle with its low alcohol of 11.5%. This is the kind of wine you want around in quantity for mid-week nights, unexpected guests or Holiday parties.

 By: thomas vogelbacher |  Review Date: 11/26/2010 
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Way overrated, cannot even slightly compare to German or Alsatian offerings...

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.