2013 Chehalem "Three Vineyards" Willamette Valley Riesling
*One Star* Clean, crisp, slightly honeyed and fairly light on its feet despite its somewhat elevated alcohol level, this slightly sweet effort has both juicy aspects and burgeoning acidity that gives it near-classic balance for drinking now or later. Like many balanced Rieslings, it can easily pair with lighter pork or chicken preparations, and we would be happy serving this enjoyable effort alongside cashew chicken or Chinese spare ribs.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Riesling Three Vineyard comes from Corral Creek, Stoller and Ridgecrest Vineyards cropped October 5-14 and fermented in stainless steel, the final bottling containing 1.1% residual sugar. It has a fairly conservative bouquet with straightforward mango and citrus scents. The palate is nicely balanced with a twist of sour lemon on the entry, quite vibrant on the mid-palate, with a fresh orange zest finish that does not outstay its welcome. Fine. (NM)
Wine & Spirits
Youthful and bright, with lemon scents and a saline tinge, this is tart and racy in its flavors, which haven’t developed their full expression. Cellar it a few months before opening for an afternoon sip. (603 cases)
As with all the 2013 white wines from Chehalem, the alcohol is way down and the acids up in this blend of the three estate vineyards. All-stainless fermented, it's quite tart with green apple and grapefruit flavors dominating. (PG)