Kennedy Shah 2011 DuBrul Vineyard Reserve Riesling, Yakima Valley, $25
The Shiels family purchased their land in Sunnyside, Wash., in 1991 and quickly began transforming it from an apple orchard into DuBrul Vineyard. Their red grapes soon gained fame within the hands of some of Washington’s top winemakers, yet their site also excels with Riesling. Perhaps it’s not so ironic that Woodinville winemaker Jean Claude Beck crafted this Riesling into one with a theme of Granny Smith apple, starting with the tantalizing nose of baked Apple Crisp, lemon and lavender. The entry is bright with more Granny Smith apple, and its bracing acidity is a hallmark of the bone-dry angle (0.1% residual sugar), while the finish of baked pear gives breadth and length to the finish. This already-decorated Riesling added a silver medal at the 2014 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Competition, and it’s among the family of wines at The Woodhouse Wine Estates tasting room in Woodinville.
Production: 200 cases