A Wine for Tonight: 2010 Mercer Estates Riesling

By Kori ~ October 18th, 2012.

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 2010 Mercer Estates Riesling from the Yakima Valley of Washington State.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$20
  • Must be widely available

Mercer Estates is a family-owned winery located in Prosser, Washington. The family has a long history in the Washington wine industry with more than 25 years of grape growing and winemaking experience. Mercer Estates’ vineyards are located in the Horse Heaven Hills and the Yakima Valley. Jessica Munnell serves as winemaker for Mercer Estates, following in the footsteps of their founding winemaker, David Forsyth, who left earlier this year to focus on his own winery.

“Delicate aromas of peach, apricot and beeswax in the nose are confirmed on the palate along with a mouthwatering acidic frame, revealing a hint of sweetness. Well-balanced of acid and residual sugar, this dryer-style Riesling is a refreshing aperitif or a delicious companion to crab cakes, bleu cheese and spicy foods.” –Founding winemaker David Forsyth

2010 Mercer Estates Riesling (Yakima Valley, Washington): 100% Riesling. Pale, greenish yellow. Aromatic with peach and petrol on the nose. Lemon zest and honeysuckle come through on the palate. Dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long finish. Residual Sugar: 0.99%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $14.99; Available elsewhere, $11 to $15

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Riesling, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

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