Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on June 12, 2008:
Water and children do not mix in this part of the world. Why, oh why, would anyone take the kids rafting on the Nisqually when all the rivers are running too fast? And this isn’t new…kids open a back gate to a neglected swimming pool and one falls into the green, slimy water with no visibility. At least kids don’t know any better. Unlike two numbnut nimrods in Charleston, OR who chose to chainsaw the stolen town statue of Charlie the Tuna because it wouldn’t fit in their truck. Is the recession about the economy or certain people’s brains??
To wit, we have an escape clause authored by ‘big papi’ of the WA wine industry. The partnership with Dr. Ernst Loosen of Germany has produced one stellar signature wine showcasing WA’s current signature grape. If this is what German riesling tastes like, then I’ve been a Sgt. Schultz all this time (I know nuthhh-thing!). I’ve passed this many a time while browsing the Costco bins. I knew of the acclaims: WS 90, WE 92, and CG 91. Why did I not buy it then? Big-name winery? High-grade wine from a high-volume producer? Ubiquitous availability so I could buy it anywhere? Who knows? So I just grabbed the bottle off the shelf without even thinking about it. I’ve rejected it too many times for other ‘novelty’ or obscure wines, so it was time to ‘fess up and face the spatlese.
Tonight’s match.com inspiration was spaghetti with mass meatballs red sauce…and a mound of Kraft parmesan. Don’t know about you, but I like to have spaghetti with my cheese. That and a cooled off thick slice of buttery garlic bread. A simple meal but with challenging components. No matter as this wine just sailed along with each bite. This wine has restored my belief that white varietals can exist in my everyday lineup without costing more than a Jackson (before taxes). And the big boys can make serious wine to please the uber-boyz.
Alcohol: 12.5%. Residual sugar 1.6%. pH 3.10. Total acids: 0.78g/100mL. Pure riesling. 25,000 cases. Vineyards: majority Yakima Valley AVA, Evergreen, and Horse Heaven. Columbia Valley AVA. winechatr’s rating system has been true…I’m on my 4th glass right as I type.
Nose: peaches. Color: vibrant yellow aluminum with a tinge of couture gold. Mouthfeel: honeylicious. Tail trail: 7 seconds. Flavors: double-shot peach with a bite of acid on intro, transitioning to simple-syrup-doused apple, and a bon voyage of alpine meadow honey. X-qui-zeet!
Rated: 91. Value: $25. Paid: $20. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.