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Date Printed: 4/16/2014
Snoqualmie Naked Riesling 2008
Snoqualmie Naked Riesling 2008
(search item no. 102651)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $12.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Snoqualmie's Naked wines are produced from 100% organically grown grapes from USDA certified organic vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills American Viticultural Area. Referred to as the "O" zone, these vineyard sites enjoy a green cover of beneficial native grasses and cereal grains, which helps reduce soil erosion and provides habitat to attract beneficial insects. Grapes sourced from these special vineyards create juicy, fruity white wines and red with bright, balanced finishes.

Organically farmed and produced, this Riesling offers bright aromas of spicy pear and apple, with a hint of mineral carried through on the palate. The off-dry finish is clean and soft and the pure elegance of the varietal is fully captured in this bottling. A perfect aperitif or wine pairing with assorted cheeses.

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About Snoqualmie:

Snoqualmie Vineyards embodies the spirit of the Northwest in personality and in its approach to winemaking. Snoqualmie's honest, yet eclectic style is largely a reflection of winemaker Joy Andersen, at the helm since 1990. Under Joy's leadership, Snoqualmie’s reputation for crafting approachable, food-friendly wines has been recognized across the country by critics and consumers alike.

Snoqualmie has been producing classic varietal wines from Columbia Valley vineyards for over two decades. Snoqualmie's vineyards lie within three distinct growing regions of the Columbia Valley: Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley and Horse Haven Hills. Each area produces grapes with flavors unique to the area, and Joy considers the individuality of each growing region one of her strongest winemaking tools.

Styled for easy drinking and as a complement to food, the Columbia Valley tier wines are as welcome on a picnic table as they are on a linen tablecloth.

Rosebud Vineyard, on the Wahluke Slope, one of the warmest areas in the state, was planted in 1981 and is one of the original vineyards for Snoqualmie wines. As of 1991 Snoqualmie has an exclusive contract with Rosebud Vineyards. It is the source for their single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Snoqualmie's reserve wines are made a barrel at a time using artisan winemaking techniques. Quantities are extremely limited.