Nine Hats 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

By on January 3, 2015

Nine Hats Riesling bottleBest Buy! The nine star-studded winemakers of Long Shadows Vintners put only a portion of wine they create under their iconic labels, yet the quality of juice that doesn’t quite make the cut would be prized by most other vintners. And any of the bottles under this second label can be enjoyed consumers, especially at these bargain prices. Poet’s Leap virtuoso Armin Diel — leader of Schlossgut Diel in Germany — relies on The Benches estate vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills for his project based in Walla Walla. This latest Nine Hats bottling of Riesling offers rich aromas of custard, pear and baked apple with cinnamon. It takes a dry and spicy angle to the palate with crisp flavors of pear, apple and starfruit. Juicy midpalate acidity builds toward a lengthy finish with a pinch of clove.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,729 cases

Alcohol: 12.9%

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