By Kori ~ April 19th, 2012.
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 Wine Out West Gone Fishin’ 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
Wine Out West wines are produced by Mercer Estates. The Mercer and Hogue families founded Mercer Estates, located in Prosser, Washington, in 2006. Rob and Brenda Mercer of Mercer Canyons in the Horse Heaven Hills and Ron and Barb Harle of Hogue Ranches in the Yakima Valley lead the partnership. Both families have long histories in the Washington wine industry. Mercer Estatesâ€™ vineyards are located in the Horse Heaven Hills and the Yakima Valley. David Forsyth, who has over 25 years experience working in the Columbia Valley, leads the winemaking team for Mercer Estates but will be leaving in May to focus on his own winery. The Wine Out West labels feature the artwork of Diane Whitehead, a native of eastern Washington whose boldly colored oil paintings express the beauty of the west.
â€œBrimming with fresh fruit, our Wine Out West 2010 Riesling displays fresh peach and tangerine, with a hint of beeswax and good minerality. Crisp, fresh, and semi-dry in style, the palate begins with peach and stone fruit which lead to honey, lingering with floral accents.â€ â€“Winemaker David Forsyth
2010 Wine Out West Gone Fishin’ Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington State): 99% Riesling and 1% Pinot Gris. Pale, greenish yellow. Nice nose with white peach and floral aromas. White peach, apricot, and a hint of lime come through on the palate. Off-dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long finish. Residual Sugar: 1.8%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $12.99; Available elsewhere, $14
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