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Henry Earl Estates 2013 Riesling, Wahluke Slope, $20
Dick Shaw, Honorary Grower for the 2015 Auction of Washington Wines, established Shaw Estate Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope in 1981, so winemaker Victor Palencia worked with 32-year-old vines for this stunning Riesling project. The complex nose of dusty peach, orange zest and honeysuckle comes with baking spice, light petrol and fresh-cut jicama. Inside, it’s a big, rich and fruity wine carrying more peach, apricot and Golden Delicious apple in tow. The hallmark is the brilliant structure of slightly spritzy acidity that turns the residual sugar of 1.9% into a tantalizing drink, which allows for the fun finish of Rainier cherry. This wine will be featured at the Washington State Wine Commission’s hospitality tent at the U.S. Open Golf Championship, but it is also available at the Henry Earl Estates wine bar on Main Street in Walla Walla and at Yoke’s Fresh Market locations in Eastern Washington.
Production: 500 cases