Walla Walla-based Gilles Nicault (in collaboration with German winemaker Armin Diel) takes his second prize this year (he also made our rosé winner, Julia’s Dazzle) with Long Shadows’ classic reference-point Washington Riesling, drawn from sites across the Columbia Valley. At 1.1 percent residual sugar, this wine walks a tightrope between dry and off-dry styles. The layered fruit (lime, tangerine, peach) is complicated by persistent minerality and balanced by a striking vein of acidity. Pairs With: A loaded baked potato, bursting with lardons and melted cheddar.
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