2006 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling

Price: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per the winery “We craft our Columbia Valley Riesling to be an inviting, refreshing, off-dry Riesling vintage after vintage. This Riesling consistently delivers classic Washington state Riesling character of juicy peach, apricot, ripe pear, melon, with subtle mineral notes. This is our “every day Riesling” that is a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods.”

What I Think:

I saw this one when I was shopping to for the Rocking Horse the other day. Not sure what made me grab it. I have always thought that Riesling provided good bang for the buck so let’s chalk it up to that.

We opened this one to go with some chicken fajitas that were on the fruiter side thinking that it may be a nice pairing. Given that my dad was still in town with his wife and friends and they joined us for this meal my notes and impressions are again somewhat limited. I thought that this was a decent wine, on the nose you get some apple/pear hints. On the palate this hints come to life in a very dry fashion on top of a minerally backbone. This wine is true to the varietal character lacking that manufactured sweetness that I may have been secretly hoping for given the pairing. I think I was after a JW Morris Gewurztraminer like experience and this didn’t deliver. To sum it up, this is a decent wine certainly of the dry style. If I find myself searching for something of the sort I’ll likely be looking elsewhere.

Rating: Skip It

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