Everybody has an opinion and a set of preferences about various wine regions, and for me Washington State’s lowest hanging varietal for offering consistent quality and value are the Columbia Valley Rieslings. That is not to say other wines, mono varietal and blends, can’t offer great value – from my sampling they simply aren’t doing so as consistently as the Rieslings. The Château Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2010 offers good balance of sugar and acid. In terms of residual sugar, it sits slightly to the dryer side of the Columbia Valley Riesling median.
The Nose: Citrus washes quickly into peach with small amounts of floral tickles.
The Gulp: You get consistent and generous acid from front to back with the sweetness peaking in the middle. Tart citrus and rock fruit flavours, with a little chalkiness on the end.
Musical Match: Going back to the Velvet Rope CD from Janet Jackson and the single Go Deep. Consistent beat (acid) throughout with sweet (but not too sweet) vocals from Janet and on the background vocals. Maybe not Janet’s most memorable track but a solid example from an outstanding album. I think that this wine is also a very solid example of a wine flourishing in the Columbia Valley. Perhaps just not super memorable because of all the good stuff going on around it.