2006 Poet’s Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley
Poet’s Leap is produced by Long Shadows Vintner’s, Armin Diel, a German winemaker whose family has owned Schlossgut Diel in Burg Layen since the 1800’s. He is renowned for his Rieslings.
I tasted this wine at Taste Washington and decided to open this up for family dinner. Unlike German Rieslings, the Poet’s Leap has 12.9% alcohol but actually doesn’t taste that high. It is borderline off-dry with 1.4% residual sugar but is delicatelybalanced by the fruit’s natural acidity. It has a pale straw color and a subtle nose of pear, orange, and white flowers. The richness in the mouth is the combination of balanced acidity, alcohol, and a slight amount (3%) of oak fermentation. This only enhances the crisp palate of apples, honey and minerals and its nice lingering finish. I think I compared it to a Kabinett at the Taste, but as this wine warms up a bit, it gains a more intensity and sweetness comparable to a Spätlese that highlights the ripeness of the fruit. It would be interesting to compare this wine side-by-side with a German Riesling. It paired nicely with the ham we ate but I could see having this with shellfish, oysters, fish or even spicy Chinese food. This 750ml bottle is about $20; not as much as comparable German wines but more than many other Washington Rieslings. I’d probably drink more of this if it were a bit less expensive.