Columbia Valley, WA
The Wine Enthusiast says: “Aromas of lime leaf and citrus lead to sleek, dry fruit flavors, speckled with lime notes on the finish...” And writing about Horse Heaven Hills, Forbes magazine says: “Currently four of Washington’s 100-point Wine Spectator-rated wines are grown in this AVA, but great values are easy to find, at least for now.”
A value, this most certainly is, not to mention a delicious, thirst-quenching sipper perfect for outdoor entertaining and warm summery nights. One of the most refreshing wines our Tasting Team has sampled in recent weeks, this bright white has a bare hint of sweetness—just enough to balance this grape’s lemon/lime character. It’s filled with citrus and tropical fruit with a sparkly clean finish and terrific acidity.
The 2014 vintage was a successful one in the Columbia Valley and neighboring AVAs. The year got 90 points for white wines from the Wine Enthusiast, and the Wine Spectator writes: “Warm temperatures and an abundant, early crop produced picture-perfect grapes...” Thanks to outstanding conditions throughout the Horse Heaven Hills and judicious techniques in the winery this 2014 Riesling will win over purists and sway many Chardonnay- and Sauv Blanc-only drinkers out there.
Reasons why we love it:
These perfectly ripened Riesling grapes were 100% hand harvested and whole cluster pressed in the winery. To add a bit of density and creaminess to Riesling’s naturally high-toned, brightly acidic profile, winemakers allowed the young wine to rest “sur lie” for four months.
These hills may be heavenly for horses, yes. It turns out they are also ideal for wine grapes. This particular bottle comes from a subregion known as The Benches, a set of terraced plots of high elevation vines inn the eastern corner of the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Two components of The Benches make it a naturally for fine Riesling: 1) the vineyards overlook Wallula Lake, a large body of water that helps to moderate summer temperatures much like the Mosel River in Germany, and 2) the soil here is a rich and fertile type known as Shano silt loam, which allows for even ripening of tricky Riesling.
According to Forbes: “Washington is earning much-deserved praise… Horse Heaven Hills is the state’s largest grape growing region, home to the likes of Columbia Crest and Hogue Cellars. The dry, sunny and windy conditions yield prime growing conditions for everything from mourvedre to cabernet sauvignon.”
The flavor profile of this wine sees plenty: lime, lavender, peach, wild honey, pineapple, orange peel, rose water, apricot, and clove.
North by Northwest, or NxNW, represents wines made from inland grape growing appellations of the Columbia River Basin of Oregon and Washington. The NxNW winemakers have developed strong, creative relationships with growers and fellow winemakers in the Columbia River Appellation and throughout the northwest viticultural region - leading to this innovative project. NxNW is as unique lens for capturing the essence of terroir, the character of the people, and the quality of the wines from this great new emerging winegrowing region.
Uncork alongside Spicy Grilled BBQ Pork Chops, Curries or even risotto.