Ste. Chapelle 2016 Special Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $12

By on May 2, 2018

Best Buy! Ste. Chapelle’s work with this late-harvest style Riesling ranks among the most recognizable ambassadors for Idaho’s emerging wine industry. Homegrown winemaking talent Meredith Smith draws from estate Skyline Vineyard as well as nearby Williamson and Winery Mill vineyards, and she left it with a pleasing level of sweetness at 7% residual sugar. Sweet lemon, apricot preserves and a whiff of petrol lead to flavors of poached pear with vanilla, Uncola and jasmine. The spritz of orange cream soda adds ample acidity to make this a pleasant sipper. Suggested pairings include Angel Food Cake, shortbread cookies or fresh fruit.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 7,500 cases

Alcohol: 12.2%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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