Gregory Dal Piaz

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Top 5 under $12: Riesling

It's not easy finding great Riesling under $12, in fact it's a particular challenge since producers can always rely on their favorite crutch, sugar, when producing Rieslings. After working through over a case of value priced Rieslings I was becoming a bit discouraged, and then I hit on a series of wines from Washington state that made me take notice.

 

 

Washington is often overlooked when it comes to find wines, though I don't know where that leaves Michigan and the NY Finger Lakes who also produced a solid entry for this list. It's undeniable that Washington seems to be emerging as a great source for Riesling, though the marketplace has yet to take proper notice, meaning that it remains a lands of great values. So dive in here and take a look at today's Top 5 under $12: Riesling.

 

 

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1. Washington Hills Riesling (2011)

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Average price: $12.99 from 6 stores
Fairly sweet smelling on the nose with apple fruit accented by hints of jelly candies that recall blackberries and lime. This is noticeably sweet though there is plenty of acidity to help keep this balanced, if not bright. This trades some brightness for richness of fruit and depth of flavor. It’s a bit of a fruit bomb but I like the combination of orchard fruit with citrus and berry accents. Super fun to drink with a finish that is moderately long and continues the fruit flavor interplay while layering on a nice hint of minerality. Bing Bing Bing, we have a winner. 88pts
 
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