Sunday, March 16, 2008

2006 Snoqualmie Vineyards Riesling Winemaker's Select

All I can say is WOW! What a great Riesling for the money. Purchased at Canal's on Route 38 in Pennsauken, and this a great American Riesling, and a great QPR (quality to price ratio).

Snoqualmie must be doing something right in the Columbia Valley of Washington! This wine is spot on for the price, and will be a great summer sipper in my opinion.

This wine possesses the sweet quality of Riesling that I have not come to grow very fond of, however, I am really enjoying this wine. The nose is crisp and floral, with hints of sugar cane and mellow citrus fruits. On the palate, it is crisp, with lots of apricot marmalade, honey, and pear There is very little acidity and a hint of mineral. The finish is short and sweet, but what do you really want for under $8?

All in all, this wine will be revisited many times over the summer, and will make a great deck and "on the bistro sipper." This is a wine that I feel is worth buying by the case.

All in all, 85 points based on the 100 point scale. More nose and a longer more complex finish would have gotten this wine more points.

Notes from the winemaker: 10.8% alcohol by volume.

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