Washington Riesling not just a Ste. Michelle thing

By on July 9, 2017

Côte Bonneville 2016 DuBrul Vineyard Estate Riesling, Yakima Valley, $22

The Shiels family continues to burnish its reputation for producing delicious Riesling in a Spätlese style via DuBrul Vineyard, established in 1992 overlooking the Yakima Valley from the Rattlesnake Hills. Flinty minerality, nectarine and pear aromas lead into lip-smacking flavors of peach nectar and clementine acidity to adroitly balance the residual sugar of 3.5%. Minimal alcohol also lends it easy drinking alongside suggested pairings that include an Asian-inspired chicken wrap or a lemon bar. Second-generation vintner Kerry Shiels – a longtime supporter of the Riesling Rendezvous – turned this into a gold medal at the 2017 Cascadia International Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 320 cases

Alcohol: 10%

Winery website

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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 .

One Comment

  1. Charles Hesson

    July 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    The best US Riesling is from the Willamette Valley Oregon!

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