Friday, February 25, 2011

Wine Review & Rating: ****+ $$ Long Shadows Poet's Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA, 2009 (BEST VALUE)

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Initial review, by way of background: This is Long Shadows Poet's Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA, 2009, finished at 12.9% alcohol.  Poet's Leap certainly comes with a dramatic statement on the label.  The blend in the bottle represents a blend from three separate vineyards in the Columbia Valley, mixing both old and new vines.  Also blended is the finishing, where the vast majority (96%) of the grapes were finished in stainless steel tanks, but the balance in wood.  Review sample was provided by Long Shadows.

In the glass: Poet's Leap is clear with distinct vanilla overtones.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this pure riesling shows piercing metallic aromas, glinty steel indeed.  There seems to be a sweetness caressing the edges... let's see.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a surprisingly lush mouthfeel as Poet's Leap makes the leap into your mouth.  There is a sweet furriness to the initial sip.  That broadens out to encompass light butterscotch and traces of ripe apple and pear.  An exceptionally lengthy and clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates four  stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for extreme pleasantness, making this an easy-choice best value. 

Following long decant, one day kept cool in partially filled bottle:   The nose has toned to a bright petrol now.  The palate has held solid, with some light lemonade elements coming in alongside the the other fruits.

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