Bitner Vineyards 2012 Reserve Riesling, Snake River Valley, $17

By on September 26, 2014

bitner-vineyards-reserve-riesling-2012-labelWorld-renowned bee researcher Ron Bitner admits he didn’t know what Chardonnay or Riesling when he was talked into planting those varieties back in 1981. Now, both blocks, which overlook the Snake River  in the Sunnyslope Wine District, rank among the oldest in Idaho. Attractive whiffs of apple blossom, gooseberry and muskmelon turn into a dry and dramatic flavor profile of Granny Smith apple, lemon curd, lime and slate. The residual sugar has been dialed down to 0.5% percent, so this is considerably drier than most would expect from Idaho Riesling. And this earned a silver medal at the 2014 Idaho Wine Competition.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 102 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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