Willamette Valley Riesling Oregon 2011

Willamette Valley RieslingTasting:          Date: January 02, 2013

Varietal:         Riesling

Country:         USA, Oregon

Tasting Date Price:  $14.99

Rating:           n/a

Alcohol Content: 9%

Vineyard Website:   http://www.wvv.com/products/core/#5

Visual Aspect:          Slightly cloudy yellow

Nose:                          Pear, peach & citrus

Palate:                        Granny smith apple & stone fruit

Food Pairing:                        Light creamy pastas, spicy Asian dishes, hard cheeses, or seasonal fruit desserts like pineapple upside down cake

Winemakers Notes: Tasting Notes Semi-sweet wine. Nose opens w/ aromas of pear & pineapple, followed by lighter notes of citrus skin & sweet honeysuckle. Flavors of granny smith apple & stone fruit lead into a creamy mouthfeel. Sweet & sour notes supported by crisp acidity leading into the finish. Peak drinkability 2012 to 2014. Great by itself or w/ light, creamy pastas, spicy Asian dishes or seasonal fruit desserts like pineapple upside down cake. Serve well chilled on the table & allow to warm in your glass for optimal enjoyment of aromas & flavor.

Vineyard Notes: By the end of February, the vineyard crew had completed pruning and tying the vines to the trellis wires. It was none too soon as April quickly brought temperatures of 60 degrees and the buds began to swell.

Within a month, the new canes were over three inches tall.  The cool summer weather lingered through June.  For the grapes to ripen to perfection, it was necessary to thin the clusters and strip leaves from the vines to expose the remaining clusters to the sunlight.

Tasting Notes: At the sweetest edge of off dry & loaded w/ citrus fruit, especially ripe orange, that keeps it lively & refreshing. Well-made, full-bodied Riesling that lingers through the finish, w/ a streak of lemon tea.


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