Columbia Valley Riesling, Ch Ste Michelle, Washington State, USA
Style - White, off-dry, medium-bodied
Winemaking - Columbia Valley vineyards lie in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains and receive just 6-8 inches of rainfall annually. Warm, sunny days and cool evening temperatures create ideal conditions for intense aroma and flavor development in the ripening grapes. A northerly latitude gives the Columbia Valley nearly two more hours of sunlight daily during the peak-growing season than California, increasing the region’s ability to ripen fruit.
Fermentation temperatures were maintained at 13°-15°C to preserve the Riesling’s fresh and fruity character, using an assortment of yeasts for added complexity.
Taste - Easy-drinking Riesling from Columbia Valley's oldest winery, with apple blossom on the nose, crisp apples in the mouth and a fine, steely minerality.
ABV - 12%