Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling 2013

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Wonderfully fragrant with an early hint of green anise seed adding complexity to the sweet lime, guava and slightly red fruited apple aromas. Slightly sweet and yet mineral on entry, theres lots of fresh apple and jammy citrus flavors here adding complexity as well. The acidity is well balanced so while this is noticeably sweet, it’s also attractively tart and fairly light on the palate even if it has some viscosity to it. The finish is long, a little creamy and touched with green melon and grapefruit flavors. Delightly fully easy to drink, this is delicious for those who prefer a sweeter style. 89pts

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Willamette Valley Vineyards:
Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers,” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Willamette Valley Vineyards approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit to produce wines of di... Read more
Founded in 1983 by Oregon native, Jim Bernau, with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers,” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Willamette Valley Vineyards approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit to produce wines of distinction, that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. All the vineyards, the Estate Vineyard, Tualatin Estate, and Elton vineyard, have been certified sustainable through LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe programs since 1997. In 2007, Willamette Valley Vineyards became the first winery in the world to use sustainable cork stoppers certified by the Rainforest Alliance and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. In 2010, Willamette Valley Vineyards released their first Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine (OCSW). Willamette Valley Vineyards commitment to sustainable practices in the vineyard and winery is based on the convictions that as stewards of the land they have an obligation to walk as softly as possible, and that winegrapes grown naturally in healthy soils produce superior quality wines. Willamette Valley Vineyards also produces wines under the Griffin Creek and Tualatin Estate labels. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,216
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 10/21/2013

Wonderfully fragrant with an early hint of green anise seed adding complexity to the sweet lime, guava and slightly red fruited apple aromas. Slightly sweet and yet mineral on entry, theres lots of fresh apple and jammy citrus flavors here adding complexity as well. The acidity is well balanced so while this is noticeably sweet, it’s also attractively tart and fairly light on the palate even if it has some viscosity to it. The finish is long, a little creamy and touched with green melon and grapefruit flavors. Delightly fully easy to drink, this is delicious for those who prefer a sweeter style. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,216
2.50 5
Vintage: 2011 10/21/2013

Tight and chalky on the nose with faint aromas of white fruits, apples and flowers. Sweet on entry and rather viscous in the mouth this has some treale flavors early on the palate followed by peach jam and baked apple. rather soft in the mouth, this could use some more acid to liven things up a bit. There’s actually probably a good amount of acid here, just not enough to balance the sweetness which does support some attractive baked apple and orange marmalade flavours on the backend that pick up a hint of balsamic spice before ending rather quickly on the short and sweet finish. 83pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,216
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 09/10/2010

Earthy and floral on the nose, recalling green tea. Huge acids right up front are brought into balance by the noticeable sugar. The fruit flavors of apricot, red apple peels and citron are intense yet cut with a fine mineral edge. The finish is long and quite firmly structured with an attractive brightness to the fruit. 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,216
0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 07/16/2012

Rather leafy on the nose with hints of dried herb leaves accenting the core of bitter melon and dried lime pith fruit. This is fairly sweet with a tense line of acidity helping to add a bit of lift on the palate. The flavors of peach and sweet baked apple appear on the palate with gentle lemon highlights from the acidity. The sweet, fruity character drives right through the fairly long finish where the acidity cruises out over the sugar to take control of the situation and leave the finish with a decisive citrus edge over hints of sweet peach and even a flash of cherry. This is a bit too sweet for my palate but is really quite lovely. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,216
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/10/2010

Showing a bit of evolution on the nose with a touch of petrol and very dry, dusty earth over light lemon ice fruit tones. This smells very Riesling. Downright austere in the mouth, bone dry with clear, uncomplicated mineral laden yellow berry fruit. There’s a touch of banana peel on the backend and a hint of evolved, oxidative character as well but those yield to a really strict, tight, austere, acid driven finish. Really dry and probably too dry for many but if you like this style this is excellent. 90pts


Member Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,216
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 10/21/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,216
4.20 5
Vintage: 2011 10/21/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Michael C Butler
1066071624
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 03/26/2013

TestNote 123 Here


0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 03/15/2012

Bright and lively, the is jazzy with pear, peach... -HS


Snooth User: wowotrain
9506277
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 10/11/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/20/2010

Nose of lemon zest and honeysuckle. Practically clear as water in the glass. Nice lemon and grapefruit flavors make this a refreshing and lovely delicate riesling. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 3/20/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/08/2009

- Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09


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External Reviews for Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 05/23/2011

The scents are powerful, forward and mixed - the winery calls them "fruit cocktail aromatics." At 10% alcohol, it's borderline dessert-level sweet; the acids prop it up just enough to keep the fruit from turning fat. This might pass for a California Riesling; it's done in the same ripe, forward, slightly sugary style.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 05/23/2011

This German-styled wine is semi-sweet and medium bodied. It has a refreshing blend of peach, citrus, pear and honeysuckle flavors. The finish is clean and crisp.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 05/23/2011

Light and refreshing, offering a delicate style that hides its sweetness with lively acidity, playing its lemon and grapefruit flavors artfully. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 05/23/2011

Soft and appealing, with peach and floral character that nestles into the off-dry finish. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 05/02/2012

Sweet apple and pear scents rise off this winersquo;s creamy, ripe texture. for spicy Sichuan chicken.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 01/10/2013

This is at the sweetest edge of off dry (alcohol at 9%, residual sugar 5.1%) and it is loaded with citrus fruit andmdash; especially ripe orange andmdash; that keeps it lively and refreshing. A well-made, full-bodied Riesling that lingers gracefully through the finish, with a streak of lemon tea.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 05/23/2011

This winery offers very solid wines at consumer-friendly prices, and the Riesling is no exception. Full-flavored with melon, apple and pear fruit, it is sweet, clean and refreshing, and for the price, there is no better Riesling in Oregon.


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