Silver Lake Winery 2012 Roza Riesling, Rattlesnake Hills, $9
Best Buy! One of Woodinville’s oldest wineries had the prescience to lock up vineyards in the Roza, one of higher-elevation sites in the Yakima Valley and where much of Washington state’s top Riesling hails from. It opens with fruit salad aromas of fresh apple and Asian pear with clove and honeysuckle. On the palate, the luscious fruit takes a beautifully tropical angle with mango joining the orchard fruit. The abundant residual sugar (5%) is perfectly balanced by acidity than keeps delivering through to the pinch of anise in the finish. This earned a gold medal at the 2014 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Competition.
Production: 14,000 cases