Don’t believe those who maintain Oregon cannot produce worthy Riesling, and here’s another example from a Willamette Valley producer on the rise. This medium-dry Riesling from Shafer Vineyard in Forest Grove is as comfortable as saddling up the recumbent bicycle that was used to crush this lot a year ago Oct. 17. The nose features peach taffy, dried pear, sugar cane and Uncola, while the flavors bring crisp and complex notes of sweet lime, Granny Smith apple, Asian pear, fresh-cut celery and clove. There’s a sandy texture to the midpalate with enjoyable length and a dry finish.
Production: 50 cases