21. Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10
Best Buy! Wendy Stuckey sticks the landing once again with the Pacific Northwest’s — heck, the country’s — flagship dry style of Riesling. Beautiful and inviting aromas of lychee, mango, pear and lime don’t disappoint. There’s a quick burst of ripe tropical fruit flavors, followed by dried pineapple, Asian pear and Christmastime spices. The chemistry for this vintage is similar to the stunning 2012 — 0.72% residual sugar, 2.97 pH and 6.6 grams of total acidity — which plays out keenly in the finish of lime juice. That makes it intriguing and balanced. Suggested pairings include Asian fare, curries, Dungeness crab, scallops and creamy cheeses. And fortunately, there were 20,000 more cases than the previous vintage.
Production: 100,000 cases