Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10
Best Buy! This is likely the largest single bottling of Riesling anywhere in the world, and it seems a little unfair that it is so delicious. But Ste. Michelle white winemaker Wendy Stuckey has some great fruit to work with from the broad Columbia Valley, including fruit from the Yakima Valley, Horse Heaven Hills and Wahluke Slope. This is a stunning white wine that opens with aromas of tropical fruit, lime and slate, followed by fresh, clean, bright flavors of orchard fruit. The acidity lifts all the flavors without poking out, allowing the residual sugar (1.7 percent) to provide fleshiness without flabiness. Enjoy with linguine in a cream sauce, seared scallops, fresh oysters or salmon.
Production: 898,000 cases
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