Snoqualmie is another winery owned by the Ste.-Michelle group. It produces wines from 100% certified organically grown fruit from the Columbia Valley. "
Snoqualmie Naked Riesling 2009
Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
Organically farmed and produced, this Riesling offers bright aromas of apricot and spice, 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.
The Wine Advocate - "The light gold-colored 2009 Naked Riesling exhibits a touch of mineral, petrol, spring flowers, and lemon. Just off-dry on the palate in a Kabinett style, this tasty effort is well-balanced, refreshing, and an excellent value.
Wine Enthusiast - "Made with organically-grown grapes, this soft, forward, fruity wine is designed for immediate enjoyment. The fruit flavors are solidly in the apple camp, rather than the riper peach or apricot, and there is a whiff of citrus in the nose. Best served chilled.
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. View all Snoqualmie Wines
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 helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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4 ratings, 3 with reviews41/3/2012
I wanted to try this wine because, not only do I enjoy a good reisling, but this one is organic. Loved it from the moment I opened it up - even before it was cold! It is sweet, but not any more than most other reislings, and it has an easy-going feel on the palate - not overly complex. Definitely recommend this wine for the price!gena - Oceanside, NY38/15/2011So-So. Its a nice summer wine, a bit too oily for my taste. Not worth $14.99 that I paid for it. Should have been like $10Cam Fortin - San Francisco, CA35/6/2011512/16/2010This is the best organic riesling offered by wine.com; unlike other wine descriptions that leave you wondering if the reviewer was drinking the same wine you are, this description is spot on. A lovely refined soft riesling with a hint of sweet and intense yet gentle flavors. Came back for a whole case.
- Fruity & Smooth