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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Poet's Leap Riesling 2008
Poet's Leap Riesling 2008
(search item no. 99105)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $19.99

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
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
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Freshly peeled grapefruit, an appealing minerality, and a hint of ripe pear define the 2008 Poet's Leap Riesling. Bright acidity gives the wine its vibrancy and a clean, underlying touch of sweetness contributes to a lengthy finish.
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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.