Chateau Ste. Michelle 2020 Harvest Select Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley, $9

by | Feb 6, 2022 | Best Buy, Latest wine reviews, Washington | 0 comments

Best Buy! David Rosenthal’s succulent execution of the vision for the acclaimed Eroica project is evident in this now decade-old tier for Ste. Michelle’s Riesling program. On International Riesling Foundation’s Taste Profile Scale, this checks in as “medium sweet/sweet,” and the tropical profile of the aromas is irresistible, but there’s also honeysuckle, peach and pear inside. It’s unctuous, round and quite enjoyable, keyed by the acidity akin to the fresh-squeezed orange juice found in Mexico. Underlying notes of minerality and citrus pith add to the remarkable balance for a Riesling carrying 5% residual sugar. Pair with Dungeness crab, Asian fare or an offering of fresh fruit and mild cheeses. Award: Rodeo Uncorked (gold).

Rating: Platinum, 96 points

Production: 215,000 cases

Alcohol: 10.5%

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