By Kori ~ August 25th, 2011.
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 2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling from the Columbia Valley in 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
Washington is the largest Riesling producing state in the United States. And, Washington Stateâ€™s own Chateau Ste. Michelle is the largest Riesling producer in the world. 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€œOur Columbia Valley Riesling is a blend of Riesling from throughout Washingtonâ€™s Columbia Valley. We craft it to be a refreshing, off-dry Riesling vintage after vintage. The wine delivers flavors of ripe peach and juicy pear with subtle mineral notes. This is our â€˜every day Rieslingâ€™ that is easy to match with a variety of foods.â€ â€“Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker
2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington): Pale, greenish straw yellow in color. Aromatic with floral notes, honey, and dried apricot on the nose. More white peach as well as pear and a hint of minerality come through on the palate. Off-dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long, refreshing finish. Residual Sugar: 2.29%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $9; Widely available elsewhere, $8 to $12
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Riesling, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25