Tuesday, December 15, 2009

***+ $ Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Riesling, 2006, Columbia Valley, Washington - Wine Review and Rating

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By way of background: Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Riesling, 2006, hails from the Wahluke Slope region of eastern Washington state, within the Columbia Valley region. It is finished at 12% alcohol.

In the glass: Shows as vanilla clear with yellow overtone.

On the nose: Poured without a decant and swirled vigorously, quite bold aromas of slate stone mingle with buttered popcorn and hints of green grass.

On the palate: A simple, clean, sweet fruit first builds in the front of your mouth. It glides effortlessly into your cheeks, bringing faint notes of caramel apple.

And the finish: Sits with light white grape fruit and mild prickly acids in your cheeks. The pleasant prickle goes on for quite awhile.

In summary: Engaging, pleasant experience. Three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for easy, pleasant balance and compelling aromas. Great value.

Connoisseurs Guide to Wine awarded 90 points to the Indian Wells Riesling, 2006, saying, "Smelling of green peach, lime, flowers and wet rocks, this exceptionally well made Riesling smacks in many ways of a fine Mosel Kabinett. Its slight sweetness is balanced by a fine streak of bright acids, and, like the best of its German cousins, it is at once both rich and fairly bright. It is a thoroughly enjoyable drink right now, but it has the structure to keep well and gain in complexity for a good many years."

Following several days of storage in a partial bottle under vacuum and refrigeration,  the aromas and palate move significantly away from the "grass" and much more towards the "slate" notes.  Holds up nicely.  Suggests good things for bottle aging too.

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