Washington Riesling not just a Ste. Michelle thing

By on July 9, 2017

Nine Hats Wines 2015 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $14

Best Buy! Fun-loving, hard-driving Gilles Nicault enjoys a level of freedom with these Nine Hats wines – the sister label that emerged beyond the acclaimed work of the nine winemakers involved in Walla Walla’s Long Shadows Vintners program. Inviting tropical aromas of Juicy Fruit Gum and orange cream include a faint whiff of petrol. Early-arriving acidity presents those tropical flavors in a dry refrain with a lick of slate. It’s only in the finish of Ambrosia Salad where the residual sugar of 1.3% trickles out a bit. This is not Poet’s Leap, the Riesling template German icon Armin Diel created as his part of Long Shadows, however Nicault is skewing differently for Nine Hats. And the 2016 vintage that’s around the corner will be even easier to find.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,294 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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