2010 Pacific Rim Riesling

Back (finally) to a riesling I like.  This 2010 Pacific Rim riesling from around Richland, WA, in the Columbia Valley ran me around $14.

This was sweeter and less acidic than the last few rieslings I've drunk.  As you know if you've read my posts for a while, I'm not big on sweet wines, but this isn't overly sweet.  The little chart on the label places it at Medium Dry, but I would say it's more Medium Sweet.

It has just a shot of acidity, the back of the throat kind.  The nose is good, and the notes are definitely very fruity in the pear and apple part of the orchard.  The label also says jasmine, which, after the fact, I think I agree with.

The label also says this would be good with spicy food, like Thai and Mexican.  Thai I agree with, Mexican not so much, though it would depend on the region.  It also says heavier stuff like French or German, which I don't agree with so much unless it's like Provencal or seafood.  Some smellier cheeses might go well with this as well.  A nice wine.

2010 North by Northwest Horse Heaven Hills Riesling

This 2010 North by Northwest riesling hails from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, southeast of Seattle and a little northwest of Walla Walla.  It ran me about $15.

This bottle has all the information you'd ever want to know about the wine on the label:  type of grape (Wallula Benches riesling), type of loam (Ritzville and Shano Silt), clones (that's nice), and process (pressed, cold settled, racked, slow fermented, cross-flowed, cold stabilized).

All that aside, I've got to say this had the most complex flavors of any riesling I've drunk this summer.  It wasn't overtly fruity tending towards apple or pear juice, but a well-balanced blend.  It's dry but has a slight sweetness to it, and the acidity is the back of your throat variety.  That being said, it didn't hold up well in the fridge.  After about a day it wasn't drinkable.

A nice wine, sure to be good with seafood or some types of cheeses.

2009 Joel Gott Riesling

This 2009 Joel Gott riesling hails from the Columbia Valley, but Joel Gott is based in St Helena in Napa.  OK ...  It ran me $10 at Sam's.

I'm on a trend lately of rieslings that aren't my favorites.  This one is definitely fruity, maybe pear, and it has a little more acidity than some.  I didn't aerate it.  On the first sip I wasn't crazy about it.  After it sat in the glass a few minutes it opened up a little.

I thought it might be better with food, but I didn't taste much improvement with brie.  After a nite in the fridge, the flavor hadn't opened up significantly either.  I didn't drink all of the bottle, it's just not the riesling for me.

2007 Alsace One Riesling Blend

This 2007 Alsace One Riesling blend didn't merit my taking time to take a picture of the bottle (or finishing the bottle), so that should tip you off how I feel about it.

The bottle ran me about $14.  It's a blend of Sylvaner, Muscat, Riesling, Pinot blanc, and Klevener de Heiligenstein.

OK, I'll admit it, I don't have a clue what Klevener de whatever is.  The wikipedia entry is a little complicated, but here's the gist of it: "Klevener de Heiligenstein is a designation used on Alsace wine made from pink-skinned Savagnin Rose grapes, a variety in the Traminer family, but which is less aromatic than Gew├╝rztraminer, which is widely planted in Alsace."

To cut to the chase: I didn't like this wine at all.  It was fruity with an on-your-tongue acidity and some spiciness. But there was an off-note or two to it.  The bottle label shows that it's on the extreme dry end of wines, so maybe I just didn't like the Saharaness of it.

I thought maybe it would open up over night (though I had aerated it), but no such luck.  I liked it even less the next day.  The entry for Klevener de etc. says its notes can start to decline after 3 or 4 years, so maybe this bottle was just past its prime and a more recent bottling would be better.

2009 Indian Springs Pinot Blanc

This second pinot blanc hails from Kelseyville, CA, a little NE of Cloverdale.  It ran me about $20.

I wasn't particularly crazy about this pinot. My tasting notes from the first glass say it wasn't too far from white vinegar, and I'd aerated it.  It did have more nose than the first pinot blanc.

The second glass I drank with some smoked gouda.  This time it had a little more sweetness, but the flavors did not change drastically with food as some wines do.

After a day in the fridge it was a little sweeter but still without huge subtlety of flavor.  The bottle label apparently is talking about a different wine from what I drank: "Ripe peach, pear and pineapple rise from the glass leading to a sweet melon and vanilla-nutmeg spiciness."  Didn't get *any* of that!

2008 Foley Pinot Blanc

I've decided my alternate white this summer will be pinot blanc.  Since there isn't a huge selection of that [and/or, I don't want to spend a lot of time tracking different vintages down], I'll probably move on to gew├╝rztraminer toward the end of summer.

(Not a great picture, but it works.)

My first pinot blanc is a Robert Foley 2008.  They're based in Napa just NE of Santa Rosa.  This bottle ran me about $12.

The wikipedia entry for pinot blanc says "In the United States, many of the vines called Pinot blanc are actually a different variety, Melon de Bourgogne/Muscadet, that resembles Chardonnay when on the vine."  This didn't taste like a chardonnay, so I'm trusting the nice folks at Foley to know what they're growing.

I would describe this as dry but without much subtlety of flavor.  Maybe 2008 is getting a little old in the bottle?  Rieslings of that age tend to be on clearance.  Pinot blancs are supposed to be known for their floral and fruity notes, but I didn't get that at all with this bottle.  The acidity of this one is the kind that coats your tongue, not the back of the throat acidity you get with many wines.

Since this is my first stab at this varietal, I don't have much to compare it to yet.  It's not in the top 50% of my favorite wines, but I'm guessing it would work better with a meal (seafood, spicy food) than by itself.