Washington’s state of Riesling

By on January 28, 2018

Rocky Pond Winery 2015 Clos CheValle Vineyard Riesling, Lake Chelan, $19

Ron Bunnell took an intriguing approach to the decade-old Riesling blocks that the Dufenhorsts acquired and farm overlooking the south shore of Lake Chelan. Harvested on Sept. 25 during that record-hot vintage, it spent six months in neutral oak and finished with just a touch of residual sugar (1%). That winemaking creates aromas of dried pineapple, pear and candy corn with jasmine. Inside, there’s roundness among the flavors of white peach, apricot and more candy corn leading to the dab of sweet lime juice in the finish. It’s ideal for a plate of fruit, nuts and cheese that features Le Pommier Camembert, fourme d’ ambert and Seignemartin Comté extra le Saut du Doubs, BobbySue’s Nuts Over Olives, Divinia Sour Cherry Spread and LaPanzanella crackers. These wines are available on the website as well as their tasting rooms in Woodinville and downtown Chelan.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 70 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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 .

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