2017 2017 Poet's Leap
- Winemaker Gilles Nicault
- Appellation Columbia Valley
- Varietal Riesling
Inspired by the great wines of Germany and winemaker Armin Diel, one of the most highly acclaimed Riesling producers. A wet, cool spring delayed bud break in 2017, but temperatures warmed nicely and moderated in early summer before warming again in July to drive total heat accumulation a bit above average for the season. Harvest began in late August, then temperatures cooled considerably in mid-September to extend hang time and allow the grapes to reach full physiological maturity without spiking sugars. The resulting wines are rich and expressive, displaying excellent acidity and structure that is reflective of the quality of the vintage.
Juicy kumquat and lively grapefruit aromas and flavors are laced with hints of white peach and honey with a pleasing streak of minerality throughout. Beautifully balanced with just the right amount of racy acidity, the off-dry finish is long and clean.
A bright and floral Riesling that has musky, fresh and floral perfume and a very bright, fine and crisp palate. This is quality. The finesse and detail really impress.
Brought up all in stainless steel, the 2017 Riesling Poet's Leap is racy and exotic, with a rocking bouquet of green citrus, lime zest, and mint. Fresh, medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, and with a juicy, off dry style, it's terrific stuff that can be drunk today or cellared for a decade or more.
Displaying a focused nose with a good balance of fruit and flowers, the 2017 Riesling Poet's Leap is a winner. It opens with citrus blossoms and honeysuckle aromas over lemon and lime candy and soft peaches. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, the wine is clean and correct on the palate, with a core of zippy, fresh stone fruits and sweet citrus, embodying everything a Riesling should have. At this price point, this is a no-brainer! Energetic and bright, the squeaky-clean finish has an expression of lime candy and a kiss of sweetness. This may very well represent one of the top bottlings of Riesling currently coming out of Washington.
Editors' Choice. Generous aromas of lime leaf, citrus, wet slate and white peach lead to off-dry stone fruit and citrus flavors that stretch out on the palate. It brings a beautiful sense of acid balance with an impressively long finish.
The 2017 Poet’s Leap Riesling brings together an outstanding collection of the Columbia Valley’s best Riesling vineyards. Just over half the blend is from German clones planted for Poet’s Leap at The Benches in the Horse Heaven Hills to give the wine its distinct minerality. Yakima Valley’s Phil Church Vineyard adds liveliness. Vines planted in 1972 at Dionysus combine with Weinbau Riesling to contribute peach and honey aromas and flavors to the blend, and grapes from Underwood Mountain in the Columbia Gorge add complexity and bright, vibrant acidity.