Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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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4. Chateau Grand Traverse Riesling Semi Dry Riesling (2011)

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Honied lime and spicy herbal notes show up on the somewhat simple nose along with hints of apple butter and toffee. This is fairly sweet in the mouth with good acidity keeping it lively but the texture is a touch viscous and the flavors leans towards the treacly, dried fruit end of the spectrum with hints of dried figs, mango and a little strawberry notes that pops on the backend and drives through the modest finish. It’s good in its style, just be prepared for sweetness. 86pts
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