jamessulis

Location: Vancouver, WA

Learning about wine is a facinating experience, the more I learn, the more I want to know. Living in the Pacific Northwest gives me an opportunity to tour and purchase wines at some of the finest Vineyards in the World. I love to shop wine and read labels

Top 5 under $12: Riesling

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Washington Hills Riesling (2011)
Review from original list creator: "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" by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
Average price: $12.99 from 10 stores
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2 Murphy's Law Riesling (2010)
Review from original list creator: "This smells of mineral and lime, a touch muted perhaps but distinctly Riesling with a lovely base note of sweet/sour apple fruit. Bright and fresh in the mouth, this has a gentle sweetness that is well balanced by firm acidity all wrapped in a rather lightweight, fresh package. The palate delivers light apple fruit with a nice mineral edge that rolls over the moderately long finish. This is a find at this price. 87pts" by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
Average price: $13.99 from 2 stores
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3 Standing Stone Vineyards Riesling (2011)
Review from original list creator: "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" by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
Average price: $9.99 from 1 store
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4 Chateau Grand Traverse Riesling Semi Dry Riesling (2011)
Review from original list creator: "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" by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
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5 14 Hands Riesling Washington (2010)
Review from original list creator: "Pretty on the nose with light notes of iris, lime pith and some heather honey toes. Medium bodied and while this is lightly sweet its also light and elegant. I would like to see a little more acidity here, but this does have a nice texture as it is and delivers some gentle jasmine, apricot and crab apple flavors. The finish is nicely clean and fresh with a hint of balancing bitterness and surprising length. 86pts" by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
Average price: $8.99 from 114 stores
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