Two Critics, One Wine: Pacific Rim 2009 Riesling Columbia Valley

Dear world,

This past week I participated in a blind tasting of 36 Northwest wines. Included were: Rose, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Red Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Petit Syrah and a Port Style wine.

Some were great and some were not so great. For the reds I was surprised at the high alcohol content and the winemakers ability (or lack thereof) in managing high alcohol in their wines; some winemakers can really mask their high alcohol wines and give them great balance. Although I don’t think this style makes for a very long-lived wine.

I was talking with a lady yesterday who sheepishly told me that she loved younger wines. My response, “YOU ARE AMERICAN! Most of us drink the wine on the way home from the store! We don’t like to wait for anything!” Many wines targeted toward the American market are produced with this in mind; they are ready to release and put on the market very rapidly.

Back to the blind tasting. I was surprised to find out afterward, that the line up  included the Pacific Rim 2009 Columbia Valley Riesling.  Wine Enthusiast Magazine (November 2010, Page 44) just named this wine the “Number 2 Best Buy of 2010,” and it was the Number 1 White Wine Best Buy. And, I would have to agree.

Here were my tasting notes:

“Aromas and flavors of  apricots, orange peel, a light hint of peach and lots of spice. Very drinkable!” I scored it as a Gold -.

Here is Wine Enthusiast’s Tasting Notes:

“Score 92 points. Retail $11. A classic Washington tasting-room Riesling — only better. Opulent and fruity, with apricots, star anise, mint and a very nice spicy streak that lifts it up, and adds a lot of complexity. Smooth and supple, it coats the palate, captures some floral highlights, even a bit of marshmallow.”

Definitely a reasonably priced wine to seek out if you are a Riesling drinker, and if you are not? This is an affordable wine and classic example of Washington Riesling. Cheers!

Tootles,

Winnie

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~ by winnieswineworld on October 16, 2010.

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