This is the wine for those that can't stand cloyingly sweet rieslings. This particular year(2007) was very good, but if you can't find it then other vintages will do. What has been so great about this wine is the consistency year to year of high critic scores. This is very complex, has big fruit but not sweet, and enough acidity to hold its own against any southeast asian or chinese dishes. The price is not bad for top notch riesling. Riesling of this quality from Germany may charge you up to $30-$45 a bottle.
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2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen, Riesling, Columbia Valley
Color: Light to Pale Yellow
Nose: Straight up autobody shop, grease, petrol. Straw coming through the autobody aroma with small hints of lemon citrus.
Taste: Granny smith apples, mandarin oranges, lemon zest up front. After taste reminded me of mint flavor scope mouthwash,...funny!
Acidity: Above medium.
Density: Semi-viscous, medium-bodied.
Finish: Long finish, 45-60 second finish. Can continue to taste flavors stuck to gums,.....weird?
Notes: Great mouth feel is the first thing I notice when drinking this wine. Spot on flavors of the granny smith apples and mandarin oranges are amazing. Really weird minty scope after taste (but not in a bad way). Overall a great wine for american producers for a cold-weather varietal. Good acidity, I would like more acidity. Goes great with spicy food, Southeast asian cooking. Would definitely recommend this wine because of the great balance it brings.
Rating: 92+ (ST-90, CGW-95, W&S-93, RP-91, WS-91) $23.00