Community Tasting Notes (11) Avg Score: 88.1 points

  • The 2006 was the first Riesling made by winemaker Anthony King. This wine is sweeter than subsequent vintages, with an RS of 1.2%. The Vineyard source on this wine was Ana Vineyard, planted in the early 1970s in Dundee Hills and our own Wascher Vineyard outside of Lafayette. The thin soils at Wascher (as little as 1/2 foot of silty-clay loam soil on top of sandstone) leads to vines with very few leaves and, thus, fruit that gets exposed to a great deal of sunlight during the growing season. With Riesling, sunlight leads to petrol characteristics, which typically increase with time in bottle until about 7 years after harvest. The 2006 is showing strong petrol characteristics that are lifted by floral, lime leaf and citrus notes. The peachy, apricot characteristics that this wine once had have faded on the nose. The palate is surprisingly full bodied for a wine of 11.8% alcohol with acid and sugar in relatively good harmony; they do stand apart a bit. Even so, this is remarkably easy to drink and only showing a bit of buttered toast as an indication of oxidation. The finish is becoming a bit drier, as sweeter aged whites often do. We expect the petrol to continue to increase over the next year or two and will continue to revisit this wine as time goes on.

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  • Pale, some yellow notes. White flowers, papaya and minerals on the nose. Peach, wet stone and lemon on the palate. Nice acidity and backbone. Nice character and nuances.

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  • 5/5 Stars

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  • This was not bad, and I probably would have enjoyed it with Thai food by itself. But I drank it after a Selbach Oster that I bought for less money, and it really suffered by comparison, making me wonder why we can't make riesling that good in the US!

    By comparison with that wine, I found this one harsh and unfocused, though it had the important elements - some acidity, just a bit of sweetness, and some apple.

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  • Medium straw in color. Tangerine, white peach and honeysuckle on the nose. Citrus, peach and mineral flavors. Excellent pairing with fruit and cheese plate on the balcony on a late summer eve. Finished dry and very vibrant- ripe acidity.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    April 2008, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Lemelson Vineyards Dry Riesling Willamette Valley) Login and sign up and see review text.

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