Mercer Canyons 2011 Riesling, Yakima Valley, $13

By on April 13, 2013

Washington wineBest Buy! The Mercer family has been farming in Washington for more than a century and has been in the wine business since the early 1970s. Now that it has a namesake winery in the Yakima Valley, it is able to take full advantage of its legacy and expertise. This is a superb and affordable Riesling using grapes from Brooks Vineyard. From a cool vintage, this was picked late in the season yet still managed to maintain bright acidity. It opens with aromas of fresh-squeezed lemon, yellow grapefruit, slate, pear and Golden Delicious apple. It’s beautiful on the entry, with crisp acidity rounded on the corners with just under 2% residual sugar. Flavors of lemon, lime, peach and apricot lead to a stunning finish. Buy this one by the case and enjoy all spring and summer.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,000 cases

Alcohol: 11.9%

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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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