Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $18
Cold Creek Vineyard is a funny place. There’s no creek (except on rare occasions in the spring), and the region is anything but cold. The vineyard was planted in the 1970s, and its location north of the Yakima Valley on a warm, south-facing slope would seem to be an odd place to grow Riesling. But it works here, thanks to 30-year-old vines that are able to carry a fairly high tonnage. This wine is on the slightly sweeter side at 1.98 percent residual sugar, but the low pH of 3.01 helps round it out nicely. The result is a wine with aromas of tropical fruit, yellow grapefruit and lychee. On the palate, it opens with clean lines of lime, lemon and pear, followed by luscious flavors of apple and Mandarin orange, all leading to a bright and lengthy finish. Crab cakes could well be the perfect pairing with this wine.
Production: 4,600 cases
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