Washington State Riesling Survey, 14 Hands, 7 Hills & Waterbrook.


I tasted thirty plus Washington State Rieslings back in November, here are some #wineandmusic matches for three samples. Residual Sugar counts varied greatly in all the wines, personally I gravitated to the dryer end of the range.


2009 14 Hands Riesling


Pushing the residual sugar count to the medium point this wine was a bit of lollipop. Fruity acid and obvious sweetness. A real fun wine, but you have to be open for the sweetness.


Musical Match: Cindy Lauper, Girls Just Want to Have Fun.



2010 Seven Hills Winery


I appreciated the balance aspect of this wine, modest sweetness and freshness. Not necessarily a better wine than the 14 Hands, but more of my style.


Musical Match: Walking on Broken Glass requires incredible balance, and this wine delivers. Fresh, some sweetness, and a bit of an edge. Great pop song, great wine.



2010 Waterbrook Melange Blanc


Riesling is the biggest brother in this blended family of Washington State white varietals. Tropical fruits, (not much citrus) dance with hebal notes. Wonderfully fresh, made me want to eat salmon! Very approachable wine, great direction for Washington.


Musical Match: I am calling on some Chopin to express the character of the 2010 Waterbrook Melange Blanc. Chopin’s clean composition of his Waltz and Vladimir Horowitz silky interpretation pull this all together for me. Just beautiful.

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