Firesteed 2010 Riesling, Oregon, $13
Best Buy! At most wine competitions, entries are not judged according to vintage. This Oregon Riesling was by far the oldest of the nearly 70 entered in the “dry” category at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and yet it was one of only three to receive a double gold — a unanimous choice of gold among the five judges. That’s a testament to Seattle-based president Howard Rossbach and his winemaking team in Oregon, who search for warmer sites that perform well in cool vintages, such as 2010, and that’s why nearly half of their lot for this Riesling is from the Rogue Valley. They’ve only recently released this bottling, and they’ve done so at its peak as it shows tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple, tangerine and jasmine. There’s a delicious sweep of lemon/lime acidity to handle the residual sugar of 1.2%, which put it on the upper end of the dry category at this competition.
Production: 1,100 cases