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Washington Riesling not just a Ste. Michelle thing
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $16
Few producers use the phrase “old vines” on their Riesling labels, but the phrase applies to Cold Creek Vineyard, one of the most historic sites in Washington state and more than 40 years old. And that Riesling thrives in the same vineyard as Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the successful versatility of the Columbia Valley. Bob Bertheau has produced vineyard-designate wines featuring individual varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay, and his work with Cold Creek Riesling often doesn’t get the acclaim that it deserves. The 2015 vintage continues its theme of lush orchard fruit such as Honeycrisp apple and Cling peach aromas and flavors, and there are touches of lavender and diesel. Lemony acidity and minerality provide delicious balance to the 1.5% residual sugar, and it settles right between “medium dry” and “medium sweet” on the International Riesling Foundation Taste Profile scale. Enjoy with crab, a plate of cheese and fruit, poultry and Asian fare.
Production: 5,000 cases