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Poet's Leap Riesling 2016

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750ML / 12.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2016 vintage of Poet's Leap is an off-dry Riesling with expressive, spicy aromatics and generous, lively flavors. Fresh melon, honey, ripe apricot and a hint of citrus jump on the palate leaving a vibrant, racy impression and a long, clean finish.

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JS 93
James Suckling
This is a standout. Lime citrus and some more savory wet-stone notes. Really exciting nose. The palate delivers a pithy lime and apple impression. A fresh drink-now style that’s gently off-dry.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Riesling Poet's Leap is very pretty, offering up aromas of lime, lemon oil, white flowers and very subtle petrol that wouldn't be out of place in the Mosel. On the palate, it's light to medium-bodied, racy and mouthwatering, with lovely intensity and purity, concluding with a stony finish. It's a beautiful wine and carries a very modest price tag.
WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: One of my biggest complaints about New World Rieslings is: Why aren't they balanced? Whether they come from Australia, California, New Zealand, or Washington State, I often find the wines to be a bit soft. Fortunately, the 2016 Poet's Leap Riesling from the Columbia Valley brings balance and structure front and center. TASTING NOTES: This wine is fresh and beautiful. Its aromas and flavors of green apples, mineral, and flowers, with a hint of chalk, are tied together with excellent acidity. Pair its off-dry, slightly sweet finish with slivered roast chicken over a bed of iceberg lettuce accented with dried red pepper flakes. (Tasted: July 25, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
This wine’s aromas are bright, with honeysuckle, ripe peach, mandarin orange, slate and lime zest notes. It drinks just off dry, with abundant stone fruit flavors, mouthwatering acidity and a balance that’s spot-on.
JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Poet's Leap Riesling from winemaker Gilles Nicault sports a light gold color to go with lots of lychee nut, crushed rocks, lime, and hints of petrol. It's clean, off-dry, beautifully balanced, and has a great finish. It’s good today, but this cuvée can age nicely for over a decade.
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Poet's Leap, Washington
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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 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.

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. This versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes region of New York.

In the Glass

Riesling typically produces wine with relatively low alcohol, high acidity, steely minerality and stone fruit, spice, citrus and floral notes. At its ripest, it leans towards juicy peach, nectarine and pineapple, while cooler climes produce Rieslings redolent of meyer lemon, lime and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of petrol.

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is quite versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice) and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

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