Nine Hats Wines 2017 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $14

By on July 27, 2018

Best Buy! Rather than using the road map created by German vintner Armin Diel for the Poet’s Leap brand, Long Shadows conductor Gilles Nicault follows his own course with the Nine Hats Riesling. And for the second straight vintage, this wine earned a gold medal at the 2018 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, which serves as a scholarship fundraiser for Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking program. Dusty orchard fruit aromas akin to Granny Smith apple and Asian pear are joined by a strand of caramel, grassiness and minerality. Those fruit notes also make their way to the palate, picking up ripe lime flavors and a finish of spearmint. And he continues to stay near the residual sugar level of previous years of 1.25%. It’s an ideal wine to enjoy during the SoDo Block Party on Aug. 12.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,500 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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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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