6. Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10
Best Buy! Based on price, quality and production, this Riesling from Washington’s flagship winery is difficult to beat. Thanks to efforts like this, as well as superb Rieslings coming from Washington, New York and Australia, consumers are gaining a great understanding and appreciation of dry Rieslings. This effort from the Ste. Michelle team actually has enough residual sugar (0.71 percent) that could be noticeable, but the outrageously low pH of 2.93 gives this wine the perception of being bone dry. It opens with aromas of rose water, limeade, cotton candy and Asian pear. On the palate, the lip-smacking entry of Granny Smith apple and succulent lime give way to a rich mouth feel. This is built for grilled chicken, halibut, pasta or mildly spiced Asian dishes.
Production: 80,000 cases