By Kori ~ November 25th, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling from the Columbia Valley of Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington Stateâ€™s founding winery with its roots dating back to the repeal of Prohibition. In 1976, Ste. Michelle built a French-style chateau in Woodinville, just northeast of Seattle. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelleâ€™s vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, all of their white wines, including this Riesling, are made in Woodinville.
â€œCold Creek Vineyard is known for producing a rich, soft style of Riesling because of the areaâ€™s warm temperatures. The wine offers aromas of ripe peach and grapefruit with a refined elegance and a refreshing finish. The wineâ€™s concentration and intense focused fruit is attributed to the older vines at Cold Creek.â€ â€“Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker
This Riesling would be a great, economical choice to pair with your Thanksgiving turkey and dressing tonight.
2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling (Cold Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington): Pale, greenish straw yellow in color. Very aromatic with white peach, lime, and minerality on both the nose and palate. Slightly off-dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity. Well-balanced with a long finish. Residual sugar: 2%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $15; Available elsewhere, $15 to $16
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Riesling, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25