2014 Long Shadows Winery Riesling Poet's Leap 375 ml

Year: 2014
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
Wine and Spirits: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.9%
Price :

"Silky, lively and elegant, with layers of pear, citrus, wax and floral flavors in lovely proportion, finishing harmoniously and slightly off-dry. Drink now through 2022. 4,240 cases made. -HS" (WS)

"Also outstanding, the 2014 Riesling Poet’s Leap is another white that perfectly balances its juicy acidity and nicely integrated sweetness. Quince, green apples, lychee and mint all emerge from this medium-bodied, crisp, elegant Riesling that’s drinking great today. It’s amazing to see the freshness and purity that this team is able to get, even in these record-breaking hot vintages." (WA)

"GOOD VALUE Here is a good reminder that first impressions can sometimes be misleading and that fine Riesling can take its time in showing its true self for, while this one is fairly hesitant and relatively shy to begin, it gradually grows in both range and reach. It is fresh, firmly balanced and relatively mild-mannered with a slight floral cast to its slender, somewhat citrusy fruit, and, if slightly sweet, it is lingering and light on its feet with a quiet sense of reserve that speaks to a promising future. Nothing about it dissuades drinking now, but, when given the choice, we would opt to wait for a year or, better yet, two. Reviewed: September 2015" (CG)

"Open-armed, generous and fine-boned, this pure Riesling is composed primarily of fruit from The Benches vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills, overlooing the Columbia. It has a peppery phenolic top note that seems to hold the wine together like fine lace, with an elder-flower scent, pure apple flavors, and a finish that's forthright and subtly phenolic."(W&S)

Winery Notes:
Inspired by the greatest wines of Germany and crafted by one of Germany's most highly acclaimed Riesling producers, Armin Diel, proprietor of the renowned Schlossgut Diel.

Because the 2014 Columbia Valley growing season was the warmest on record, growers took extra care in the vineyard to make sure Riesling grapes arrived at the winery brimming with fresh, bright character. Each canopy interior was hand-pruned, carefully trimmed to protect the clusters from too much sun exposure while allowing for uniform ripening. Warm temperatures in the fall hastened ripening; the Columbia Valley’s trademark cool autumn evenings helped preserve the grapes’ natural acidity.

Key lime and fresh citrus peel aromas give way to vivid layers of white peach and stone fruit flavors accented by a pleasant touch of minerality. Delicious natural acidity and a hint of residual sugar provide a balanced, vibrant mouth-feel and lengthy finish.