2013 Chehalem "Three Vineyards" Willamette Valley Riesling (Previously $20)

SKU #1271823 Connoisseurs Guide

 *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.  (9/2016)

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)  (3/2015)

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)  (8/2014)

Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (2/2015)

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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2016 | Send Email
2013 was a good vintage for Riesling in Willamette: enough sunshine to ripen grapes but cool enough to beautifully develop substantial - but not searing - acid. The Three Vineyard release, a blend of three higher altitude sites (not just a clever name) opens with classic petrol and slate on the nose and shows some weight through the palate, with lovely honeysuckle notes and a mineral finish. This is just begging to be paired with Thai food.

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- 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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- 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.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 10