Ste. Chapelle 2017 Special Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $12

By on July 7, 2019

Best Buy! Growers and winemakers in the Snake River Valley of Idaho persevered during the 2017 vintage in the aftermath of the January killing freeze, which exacted a heavy toll. Riesling blocks in the Symms plantings near Ste. Chapelle also felt the sting, so production of this popular came in less than half of the 2016 vintage, but Boise native Meredith Smith brought this home in line with the “sweet” range of the International Riesling Foundation’s Taste Profile Scale. That’s around 7 percent residual sugar. Idaho’s natural acidity provides plenty of balance to the aromas and flavors of spearmint, Uncola and jasmine, leading to a rather pleasing off-dry finish of peach and apricot. Suggested pairings include carrot cake, angel food cake, fresh fruit and spicy fare.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 3,032 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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