Seven sweet wines to savor

By on October 13, 2013

Ste. Chapelle 2012 Special Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $10

ste-chapelle-special-harvest-riesling-labelBest Buy! Idaho’s Snake River Valley climate lends itself to the production of quaffable Riesling, and Maurine Johnson has been making them longer than anyone in the Gem State. Think of grilled peach and apple rolled in cinnamon sugar, along with whiffs of cherry juice, cocoa butter and lilac. Make no mistake, this is a late-harvest style with its 7.5% residual sugar, and you get that early on with flavors of white peach drizzled in honey as well as apricot, but there’s enjoyable upfront acidity and a finish of hot buttered rum batter. It’s a crowd-pleaser with a profile that will do well by serving it alone as dessert, but it will also pair with angel food cake, Walkers Scottish shortbread cookies and fresh fruit.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 7,800 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%


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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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