Sean Sullivan's Wine of the Week: Poet’s Leap Riesling
A world-class white wine with German roots and Washington fruit
What: Long Shadows Poet's Leap Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $20
Where: Ballard Market, Fremont Wine Warehouse, Leschi Market, McCarthy & Schiering, Metropolitan Market, QFC, Whole Foods
Why: Riesling is Washington's most produced white wine after chardonnay, and no winery does it better year after year than Long Shadows. Located in Walla Walla, this unique producer brings together a group of the world’s most renowned winemakers, who each make a single wine from Washington fruit.
The Poet’s Leap Riesling comes from Armin Diel, proprietor of the Germany's acclaimed winery Schlossgut Diel. Working with Long Shadows' resident winemaker Gilles Nicault, Diel selects fruit from a diverse set of vineyards from across the Columbia Valley, adding layers of complexity to the resulting wine.
The 2012 vintage of Poet’s Leap Riesling—more than half of which comes from Sonnet Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills—shows Washington fruit at its best, with bright aromas and abundant stone fruit and mineral flavors. It’s just off dry, with a zing of acidity, which makes this riesling a great choice at the dinner table—or all by itself on a hot summer day.