Yakima Valley: A taste of Washington’s oldest wine region

by | Sep 13, 2015 | Featured wines, News, Washington wine | 0 comments

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Yakima Valley, $17

San Juan Vineyards-2014-RieslingIsland 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.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 233 cases

Alcohol: 12.8%

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Articles credited to Great Northwest Wine are authored by Eric Degerman and other contributors. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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