8 Outstanding Rieslings

By on October 6, 2013

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Coiled Wines 2012 Dry Riesling, Snake River Valley, $17

coiled-wines-logoLeslie Preston’s thirst for this noble white grape inspired her this summer to be a part of the international Riesling Rendezvous conference in Seattle, and this Idaho wine deserved to be showcased alongside some of the planet’s best. She took eight tons from Skyline Vineyard on Oct. 5 and turned it into a gorgeous nose of orange oil, Gala apple, tropical fruit and clove. It explodes on the palate with tremendous flavors of pineapple, peach and Granny Smith apple tartness to expertly balance the residual sugar of 0.7%. This is the Boise winemaker’s second vintage producing a dry style, and she turned it into the best of show at the 2013 Idaho Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 329 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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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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