Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Waussie Riesling, Columbia Valley, $22

By on April 20, 2013

Washington wineThis is the rare Chateau Ste. Michelle wine that is topped with a screwcap. It’s all part of white winemaker – and Oz native – Wendy Stuckey’s effort to create a dry Australian wine from Washington grapes. Most of the grapes came from the cooler Zillah area of the Yakima Valley. The resulting wine comes off bone dry, with residual sugar of an imperceptible 0.65% and a pH of 3.04. It opens with aromas of baked apple, jasmine and slate, followed by flavors of Granny Smith apple, Asian pear, flint and lemon. Salivating acidity makes this the perfect foil with clams, mussels, scallops, halibut or baked chicken.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 610

Alcohol: 12%

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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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