World-renowned bee researcher Ron Bitner admits he didn’t know what Chardonnay or Riesling when he was talked into planting those varieties back in 1981. Now, both blocks, which overlook the Snake River in the Sunnyslope Wine District, rank among the oldest in Idaho. Attractive whiffs of apple blossom, gooseberry and muskmelon turn into a dry and dramatic flavor profile of Granny Smith apple, lemon curd, lime and slate. The residual sugar has been dialed down to 0.5% percent, so this is considerably drier than most would expect from Idaho Riesling. And this earned a silver medal at the 2014 Idaho Wine Competition.
Production: 102 cases