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Willamette Valley Riesling 2011

Member Review by Zuiko:

This 2011 has the characteristics of an early harvest wine and in fact it was harvested between 17 and 20 Brix. Light color, simple with citrus and pear. At 9% alc it is made in the German style and is emulating a Kabinett, however that's where the similarity ends. Even though it is a nice enough wine, it is harvested too early, at least for a domestic Riesling. Germany can make this category successfully but it is rare to see it in the US.

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Willamette Valley Vineyards:
Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers,” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Willamette Valley Vineyards approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit to produce wines of di... Read more
Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers,” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Willamette Valley Vineyards approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit to produce wines of distinction, that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. All the vineyards, the Estate Vineyard, Tualatin Estate, and Elton vineyard, have been certified sustainable through LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe programs since 1997. In 2007, Willamette Valley Vineyards became the first winery in the world to use sustainable cork stoppers certified by the Rainforest Alliance and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. In 2010, Willamette Valley Vineyards released their first Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine (OCSW). Willamette Valley Vineyards commitment to sustainable practices in the vineyard and winery is based on the convictions that as stewards of the land they have an obligation to walk as softly as possible, and that winegrapes grown naturally in healthy soils produce superior quality wines. Willamette Valley Vineyards also produces wines under the Griffin Creek and Tualatin Estate labels. Read less

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Snooth User: Zuiko
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09/16/2012

This 2011 has the characteristics of an early harvest wine and in fact it was harvested between 17 and 20 Brix. Light color, simple with citrus and pear. At 9% alc it is made in the German style and is emulating a Kabinett, however that's where the similarity ends. Even though it is a nice enough wine, it is harvested too early, at least for a domestic Riesling. Germany can make this category successfully but it is rare to see it in the US.



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