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Beast Wallula Vineyard Sphinx Riesling 2010

Beast Wallula Vineyard Sphinx Riesling 2010

Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington

Price: $26.99
Item No. 117905
  • WE94
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 12.9%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Though this Sphinx is as pure and dry as a cool desert night, with a classic steely-eyed stare, beneath its timeless reserve is an oasis of exotic flavors. On the nose, vibrant notes of peach, gooseberry and green apple are supported by elements of minerality, fennel and savory cooking spices. As this Riesling evolves, the botrytis will bring power and depth to its natural honeyed tones, while the lovely acidity will ensure that it ages with grace.

Critical Acclaim

"From the biodynamic block at Wallula, this is truly a bone-dry style, with intense concentration. It's fruity and complex, with grapefruit and lemon rind flavors that are backed with astonishing minerality. The acidity is high but natural and perfectly integrated. The dry extract gives texture to an amazingly-long finish.
Editors' Choice"
94 Points

Learn About Beast

Beast is the alter-ego of Buty Winery. Beast wines are very limited, single vineyard offerings. These wines are uunique interpretations of new varietals and vineyards with the same great winemaking care and attention as Buty wines. Buty's philosophy of winemaking reflects the old religious worldview of human growth from body to mind to soul to spirit, called the great...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Learn About Riesling

Riesling (REEZ-leeng) The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity. Most popular in...

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