This spring, Wine Press Northwest blind-tasted more than 100 examples of Riesling from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. We’re pleased that our 2014 Whimsy was among those rated “Outstanding!” by the panel. Here’s what they said:
Styring Vineyards 2014 Whimsy Estate Riesling, Ribbon Ridge • $20
Ribbon Ridge is the Pacific Northwest’s smallest AVA, and it is renowned for its world-class Pinot Noir. In this winery’s vineyard, however, a bit of Riesling is planted, and the resulting wine is glorious. Exotic aromas of tropical fruit, apple and clove lead to a lovely entry of crisp apple, dried mango and mint. It is a complex wine with notes of orange blossom and underlying minerality. The crisp acidity snaps everything into focus throughout. (200 cases; 12.6% alc.)
Riesling fans! Find out more about the Riesling Rendezvous, the premier Riesling conference in the United States, being held this coming July 17-19 in Seattle at www.rieslingrendezvous.com.