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Huston Vineyards 2016 Chicken Dinner White, Idaho, $16
Riesling from Williamson Vineyard in the Sunnyslope Wine District of Idaho drove this blend for Gregg and Mary Alger. Their tasting room and estate vineyard in the tiny community of Huston are established along Chicken Dinner Road. Skillful touches of Muscat Blanc and Roussanne make for a beautiful and beguiling nose of lychee, rosewater and tangerine. Those tropical notes are met by a citrusy lift of lime juice, which balances the lick of residual sugar (0.8%). A touch of tannin adds to the long and attractive finish. Suggested pairings include chicken as well as baked brie with apricot and walnut, spicy Asian noodles with ginger dressing or fish tacos with mango salsa. This ranked as one of Idaho’s most decorated white wines of the past year, picking up gold medals at the Sunset International, the Idaho Wine Competition and the Cascadia. The 2017 vintage, with a similar formula, is just around the corner.
Production: 1,600 cases