14 Northwest Rieslings ready to drink now

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Willow Crest Winery 2011 Estate Riesling, Yakima Valley, $12

Willow Crest Winery makes Riesling from the Yakima Valley.Best Buy! David Minick launched Willow Crest in the mid-1990s and has been making superb wines since using estate grapes from north of Prosser. Minick also oversees vineyard operations for Precept Wine in Seattle, which now partners with him at Willow Crest. This is a classic Yakima Valley Riesling and one of the best you’re likely to taste in Washington. This opens with aromas of honeysuckle, apricot glacée and orange marmalade. On the palate, it unveils mouthwatering flavors of limeade, apple and pear, all backed with bright acidity and no perceptible sweetness.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,050 cases

Alcohol: 10%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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