Swiftwater Cellars 2012 No. 9 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $18

By on January 16, 2014

swiftwater-cellars-no-9-riesling-2012-bottleOlsen Vineyards near Prosser, Wash., supplies all the Riesling that Linda Trotta makes for this upscale winery at Suncadia Resort in the Cascade Range, and this lot marks her third vintage with the noble white grape since her arrival from Sonoma. Tropical aromas also flash a hint of jasmine, while the flavors push out baked pineapple, pear and a pleasing Granny Smith apple peel bite in the finish, which deliciously deals with the residual sugar (0.8%). The on-premise Hoist House Restaurant pairs this with Chilean sea bass, which Trotta describes as Thai preparation with coconut milk and spice components. This wine received a double gold at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and earned best of class in the dry Riesling category (less than 1.49% RS).

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 275 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

Winery website

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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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