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Seattle Magazine, Best Riesling 2011

"Pretty in peach and citrus flavors, the wine also screams “Let’s rock,” as judges noted this gem’s minerality."

Trust 2009 Riesling Columbia Valley, $16
Now here’s a Riesling even the most patriotic German could love. The lone white from CNN producer-turned-Walla Walla–based-vintner Steve Brooks is fairly low in alcohol (12.4 percent), accentuating its clean, crisp quality. Pretty in peach and citrus flavors, the wine also screams “Let’s rock,” as judges noted this gem’s minerality. Sadly, the vintage is sold out, but the consistency of this wine, made partly with grapes from the popular Evergreen Vineyard in Washington’s potential new appellation, Ancient Lakes, makes next year’s vintage worth trying.

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Riesling finalists:
Efeste 2009 Evergreen Riesling, Columbia Valley, $16

Poet’s Leap 2009 Rielsing, Columbia Valley, $20
Pacific Rim 2007 Wallula Vineyard Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills, $19