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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3. Standing Stone Vineyards Riesling (2011)

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Lots of dried fruit on the nose here lends this a rather toffee note with dusty dried floral tones and a hint of quince paste. This is very bright with huge acids throwing down on the modest sweetness. Raw and a bit untamed, there’s plenty of pithy fruit here along with under-ripe apricot and some fine suggestions of river stones on the back end before this body slams your tongue on the finish with the acidity. The finish is long and shows some sweet tea character. A lot going on, possibly too much for some folks but I give this an A for effort. 86pts
 
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