2010 Pacific Rim Riesling Sweet

Year: 2010
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 85
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 89
White Wine
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"Soft and sweet, with a grapefruit edge to the pear and lemon curd flavors. Drink now. 69,000 cases made." (WS)

"There are times when a mouthful of juicy Riesling bursting with flavors of ripe melons, orange rind, peaches and hints of honey and backed up by the impeccable balance provided by bracing acidity and a touch of spritz for added energy is enough to make you want to go out under your favorite shade tree and count the butterflies. Don't bring the oysters; this is flat-out sipping wine of the highest order. And its price makes it all the more remarkable. Reviewed: September 2011" (CG)

"Plenty sweet with alcohol at just 8.5%, yet dry enough to accompany a main course of poultry or seafood in a fruit sauce, this round and pleasing wine has a mix of stone fruits and juicy acidity." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The Washington grapes that we choose for the Sweet Riesling are picked riper than the grapes for the dry Riesling. We use a small amount of yeast to encourage the fermentation to stick — or keep it from becoming completely dry. We ferment at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Like our Dry Riesling, this is another no oak, no malolactic wine. To stop the fermentation we use our centrifuge, which separates the yeast and the wine... this concludes the fermentation. We leave a good amount of carbon dioxide in the wine to create a lively feeling to the wine — although it's not spritzy.

The resulting wine is moderately sweet and refreshingly low in alcohol — less than 9% — with flavors of pineapple and peach. Our Sweet Riesling brings perfect balance to all fiery fare — especially Thai, Szechwan and Caribbean cuisine... or simply enjoy as an aperitif.

Vital stats:
Alcohol 8.5% Residual Sugar 6.9% pH: 3.03 TA: 0.95