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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Poet's Leap Riesling 2005
Poet's Leap Riesling 2005
(search item no. 92404)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The only white wine in the portfolio is the 2005 Poet's Leap Riesling made by Armin Diel of the renowned Schlossgut Diel in the Nahe River Valley of Germany. This splendid Riesling is light straw-colored with green highlights. It delivers a complex perfume of slate, mineral, a hint of petrol, spring flowers, honey, and green apple. Made in a Spatlese style, with just a touch of sweetness, the wine offers mouth-filling fruit, crisp acidity, and a long, pure finish. Drink it over the next several years with Asian cuisine or as an aperitif. Poet's Leap has no track record for longevity but this wine could well evolve in the manner of its German role model for those willing to set aside a few bottles. Long Shadows is a winery begun by Alan Shoup, the long-time CEO of Stimson Lane and Chateau Ste.-Michelle. It is a consortium of seven different brands (labels), each with its own star winemaker who has a 25% share in the brand. The concept is that each "?is dedicated to producing a single Columbia Valley wine representing a 'best of type' that reflects the winemaker's signature style."
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About Poet's Leap:

Armin Diel, one of Germany’s most highly acclaimed Riesling producers, brings his winemaking talents from the famed Nahe region to Washington State’s Columbia Valley. Poet’s Leap is one of seven distinct wines from the Long Shadows Vintners Collection.

Poet’s Leap Riesling is fermented off-dry, offering flavors of freshly peeled grapefruit, appealing minerality and hints of ripe pear. Bright acidity gives the wine its vibrancy, and a clean underlying touch of sweetness contributes to its engaging finish. Each vintage of Poet’s Leap uses small lots of hand-harvested grapes that are carefully sorted, whole cluster pressed and then fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks to capture the grapes’ bright fruit character.

Armin Diel selects his Riesling from a dramatic block of German clones in Long Shadows’ Sonnet Vineyard, part of The Benches at Wallula. Diel also works with a 1972 planting at Dionysus Vineyard and fruit from the Yakima Valley to enhance the final blend.