Fujishin Family Cellars 2014 Late Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $19

By on December 27, 2016

Riesling planted at Polo Cove Vineyard has the advantage of growing at about 2,800 feet elevation, making it one of the highest sites in Idaho’s Snake River Valley. Sunnyslope winemaker Martin Fujishin has worked closely with Polo Cove for several years, and he’s produced a marvelous late harvest-style Riesling as a result. Fanciful aromas of pineapple upside down cake, apricot glacéed and spiced pears drizzled with honey only begin to describe the nose. There’s more of the same to the fluid that comes with a pleasing bit of viscosity and pear skin bitterness to balance the residual sugar of nearly 9%. Its finish of honey, toffee and crème brûlée makes this an after-dinner option. Fujishin enjoys it freshly baked apple crisp made with apples from the Sunnyslope or bread pudding at the nearby Orchard House Restaurant or Brick 29 Bistro in Nampa.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 117 cases

Alcohol: 12.1%

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