Best Buy! As the wheat-growing McIntosh brothers plant vines in the newly established Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area, they continue to rely on Washington for the large majority of their winery production. This affordable Riesling, made with grapes from O’Brien Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, gave winemaking Art McIntosh a lot to offer. Aromas of Ambrosia apple, apricot and honey include notes of orange and tutti frutti. There’s an early presentation of penetrating acidity on the palate with a wide-ranging assortment of ripe tropical fruit along with pear and apricot. A slice of starfruit adds balance to the finish, which is perceived as drier than the listed 2.5% residual sugar. Pairing suggestions from this young Lewiston, Idaho, producer include Asian fare and pizza.
Production: 500 cases