Poet's Leap Riesling 2012
Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
With wonderful brightness and purity of flavor, the 2012 Poet's Leap is a vibrant, refined wine showing impeccable balance. Layers of minerality, white flowers, dried apricots, refreshing citrus and a hint of honey provide complexity that lingers across the wine's clean finish.
"Half of this year's Poet's Leap Riesling is sourced from The Benches, one quarter from old vine plantings at Dionysus, and the rest from Yakima's Phil Church vineyard. Marvelous concentration and a panoply of lush orange, apricot, peach and papaya flavors carry this beautifully balanced wine through a long and satisfying finish. Delicious young, it could also be cellared for a decade or longer. Editors' Choice."
"Youthful and full of energy, this impressive Washington riesling smells drier than it is, with its limeade and passion fruit aromas. It's actually slightly heavier and richer than that, the fleshy flavors suggesting a pairing with something spicy, like a plate of larb, a Thai salad of spiced meat."
Wine & Spirits
"A beautiful Riesling that has excellent typicity, the 2012 Riesling Poet's Leap offers up classy lychee nut, citrus peel and freshly crushed stone-like minerality as well as a medium-bodied, semi-dry palate-feel that’s buffered nicely by juicy, lip smacking acidity. It's well done and while I would lean towards drinking bottles over the coming year or two, I was able to taste vintages going back through 2003, all of which were still in fine form."
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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...
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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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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.
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