Pacific Rim Winemakers 2015 Riesling “J”, Columbia Valley, $12

By on February 5, 2017

Best Buy! One of the Northwest’s premier producers of Riesling recently began labeling its medium dry Riesling as “J” – as in “just right” with regards to the sugar/acid balanced. The packaging remains large the same with the dark orange screwcap and the phoenix circling behind the geisha girl. Beautiful tropical aromas include peaches, rosewater and mint. Those are echoed with the juicy flavors, which pick up lemongrass, clove and sweet apple. Indeed, this sits toward the middle of the International Riesling Foundation’s Taste Profile scale because of the acidity vs. the 2.5% residual sugar, and it remains the largest production wine from West Richland, Wash. Serve it with spicy Pan-Asian fare, richer dishes from the Old World or Caroline Chambers’ recipe for Curried Butternut Squash Soup.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 22,000 cases

Alcohol: 11.5%

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