San Juan Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Yakima Valley, $17
Island winemaker Chris Primus takes Riesling from Crawford Vineyard in the Yakima Valley and drops in a bit of estate Siegerrebe (10%), another German variety created after World War I by crossing the naturally aromatic Gewürztraminer with Madeleine Angevine — a grape that thrives on San Juan Island. This medium-dry example opens with an aromatic blend of tropical and orchard fruit, include Granny Smith apple, Asian pear, starfruit and minerality. The drink is bright and spicy featuring flavors of Pink Lady apple and Bartlett pear. In the background, minerality continues as racy acidity balances the 1.4% residual sugar. And there’s additional tightening by a bit of green apple peel bitterness, making for terrific length.
Production: 233 cases