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Columbia Winery Cellarmaster's Riesling 2009

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Floral aroma with hints of peach, quince, lime and clove delight the nose. Rich and full-flavored fruit on the palate is balanced by refreshing, crisp acidity.

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Columbia Winery:
Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a group of 10 people from Seattle, 6 of whom were University of Washington professors. Under the name "Associated Vintners", their goal was to bring european-style wine to Washington State. They began production in the basement of a Laurelhurst home and grew to one of the largest producers in th... Read more
Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a group of 10 people from Seattle, 6 of whom were University of Washington professors. Under the name "Associated Vintners", their goal was to bring european-style wine to Washington State. They began production in the basement of a Laurelhurst home and grew to one of the largest producers in the state. The winery has the distinction of being the first premium winery in the state as well as having the frist Master of Wine on the continent as their winemaker--David Lake. David Lake was instrumental in bringing several varietals, including Syrah, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Gris, into the state through a partnership with Mike Sauer, the owner of the Red Willow vineyard. Columbia Winery was the first in the state to commercially produce a Syrah, which has become one of Washington's most acclaimed varietals. Currently, Columbia Winery produces anything from a stylish Malbec, to their most popular Cellarmaster's Riesling, to beautifully crafted Syrahs and Cabernets, to a beautiful Bordeaux style blend named The Peninsula. The 2003 Otis Cabernet was awarded a spot among the top 100 wines in Washington according to the Seattle Times and the 2007 Small Lot Riesling, a lovely, crisp off-dry riesling was named the Northwest wine of the Week. They are open for tasting 7 days a week from 10-6. Tastings cost $5; a small price to pay for 5 tastes from a menu of 8 wonderful wines. The tasting room staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and prides themselves on educating visitors on Columbia Winery as well as Washington wine. Read less

Member Reviews for Columbia Winery Cellarmaster's Riesling

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Snooth User: Zuiko
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03/25/2012

Distinctly different from other WA state Rieslings. Rich with a great perfumy nose. Outstanding fruit but age is starting to reduce it now.


External Reviews for Columbia Winery Cellarmaster's Riesling

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Nicely perfumed with a musky/grapey scent, this low alcohol (10.4%) sweet Riesling is pleasant and clean, but a bit attenuated. It has plenty of sugary honey and some simple canned peach fruit, but stops there.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Sweet, balanced with tart acidity, but not melded well enough to show the lemony apricot flavors to advantage. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Sweet but balanced. The phenolic texture makes it less cloying as the pineapple and nectarine flavors linger. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

At 1.6% residual sugar, it retains the impression of dryness on the palate, with tangy green citrus fruit flavors, and floral highlights in the nose. It's a fine choice to accompany summer salads and light sea foods.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/08/2011

Sweet wine. A beautifully balanced wine that has classic floral, Riesling aromas. This wine is almost clear in color as Rieslings have very little pigment and are generally tank fermented.


External Review
01/03/2012

At 1.6% residual sugar, it retains the impression of dryness on the palate, with tangy green citrus fruit flavors, and floral highlights in the nose. Itrsquo;s a fine choice to accompany summer salads and light sea foods.


External Review
01/03/2012

You canrsquo;t beat this price for a very good quality Washington Riesling from a reputable producer. This version is soft and sweet, with pretty pear, cream and peach flavors that linger on the gentle finish. Drink now.


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Floral aroma with hints of peach, quince, lime and clove delight the nose. Rich and full-flavored fruit on the palate is balanced by refreshing, crisp acidity.

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