Riesling Report: Poet's Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley 2009

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This wine is the result of a partnership between Washington's Long Shadow Vintners (founded by Allen Shoup of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest) and Nahe winemaker Armin Diel. (Sound familiar? You may recognize the name from yesterday's bottle.)

Diel's skill and the potential of this region are immediately apparent in the glass—this is one of the nicest Washington State rieslings we've tasted. It's limey but not austere, full of fuzzy peach and sage, luscious and rounded but not sweet. The tartness at first feels like sour white grapefruit, but as the wine warms, everything integrates beautifully—powdery minerality, puckering fruit, green herbs. It's quite well balanced. There's a woodsy element, too—wild iris and fern, mint and juniper, tree branches casting shadows over a silvery stream.

Serve with grilled fish tacos (say yes to cilantro and guacamole).

About $20, sample provided for review.

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