This is 100% Riesling, fermented to 1.6% residual sugar and 13% alcohol—in other words, it was quite ripe when picked. The ripeness shows in the extra weight and depth, yet the acids are there in abundance, and the wine centers on a sweet and tart, concentrated lemon drop character. You'll also pick up Mandarin orange and tangerine as it sails into a tangy, ripely satisfying finish.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.