2011 Poet's Leap (Long Shadows Vintners) Columbia Valley Riesling
*Editors' Choice* This shows lively acidity, with ripe but tart fruit and an alcohol leveljust slightly above 12%. The grapes used were sourced from the Benches (German clones) and old vine plantings at Dionysus. It's a lush Poet's Leap, lightly tasting of honey, and loaded with pretty flavors of Meyer lemon, ripe orange, and candied pineapple.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale straw-yellow. Pungent aromas of peach, orange zest and ginger, plus a hint of petrol. Brisk and a bit spritzy, with unabsorbed CO2 currently giving the middle palate a slight bitter edge. But this minerally, spicy riesling finishes long, tactile and dry, with noteworthy vibrancy. Should be excellent with Thai cuisine. A tiny percentage of this wine was fermented in a 360-gallon wood oval.
Light and fresh, with a peppery edge to the pretty apple and pear flavors. Lingers gently and enticingly. Drink now.
San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "This Northwest partnership between industry vet Allen Shoup and Nahe maestro Armin Diel has again found its groove after some stylistic wandering. That talc aspect that signals its high-desert roots (Shoup's own Sonnet vineyard, plus sites like Dionysus and Weinbau), accenting ripe pear, brine and sweet nectarine. The vivacious nature, with just a hint of sugar, shows a benchmark precision for Washington Riesling." From the winery: "Inspired by the greatest wines of Germany and crafted by one of Germany's most highly acclaimed Riesling producers, Armin Diel, proprietor of the renowned Schlossgut Diel. Hand-harvested grapes were gently sorted and whole cluster pressed to avoid imparting bitterness while enhancing clean, crisp character in the finished wine. Expressive aromatics of white peach, sweet jasmine flowers and a hint of flint introduce this vibrant, fresh wine. With its bright acidity, the 2011 Poet's Leap dances on the palate and continues across a long, lively finish, enhanced by a persistent undercurrent of minerality."