A Wine for Tonight: 2009 O*S Winery Riesling

By Kori ~ April 28th, 2011.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2009 O*S Winery Riesling from the Horse Heaven Hills 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

Bill Owen and Rob Sullivan founded O*S Winery, located in South Seattle, in 1997. We have been impressed with their wines since our first visit to their tasting room in 2008. In fact, their 2006 Dineen Vineyard Syrah was our Best Washington Wine of 2009. The fruit for this Riesling was sourced from the famed Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. Their annual production is about 3,000 cases.

“This wine epitomizes the ideal of off-dry Riesling: 30 yr old vines (happy 3rd decade!), low alcohol and bracing acidity. Fragrant aromas of Granny Smith apple, slate and gardenia. Brilliant acidity gives the mid-palate flavors of Crenshaw melon, anis, lemon and lime an etched-in-stone quality.” –O*S Winery

2009 O*S Winery Riesling (Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington): Pale, greenish straw yellow and very aromatic. White peach, honeysuckle, and pear aromas lead to lemon zest, apricot, mango, and a hint of honey on the palate. Off-dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity. Well-balanced and very refreshing with a long finish. Residual Sugar: 2%
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Full Pull Wines (Seattle, Washington), $13.49; Available elsewhere, $13 to $15

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Riesling, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

Reader's Comments

  1. TheGourmetCoffeeGuy | April 28th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Kori, great wine suggestion for a meal. Lovely region of the country: for train lovers, not sure if still runnning, Amtrak offered a beautiful itinerary along the Columbia River at Wallula Gap in the Horse Heaven Hills area. Rich lava flow ground and fertile soils in that region, not surprised to read how good the wine is and will definitely try it. As always, thank you for sharing!

  2. Kori | April 29th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    It is a lovely region. Thanks for sharing the Amtrak info. I bet that would be a great train ride. Cheers!