Recommended by Karen MacNeil in her book The Wine Bible.
2005 Chehalem “Dry Riesling Reserve”
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Tasting Notes: Pretty, light straw yellow in the glass. Crisp nose, expressing good minerality, wet stones, and finesse with subtle floral and apricot notes. Medium to full-bodied with a silky, smooth mouth feel on the attack, followed immediately by a very acidic yet balanced mid palate. There are flavors of white peach, lemon and unripe orange.
Rating: 15/20 (WS 89)
Price: $24.90 @ Wine Library
Vineyard: 2-vineyard blend (Corral Creek, Laurelwood blown sedimentary loess soil, 16-year-old vines; and Stoller Vineyards, south-facing, highest elevation)
Vintage: cooler and damper than average, harvested late in mid October, light botrytis
Vinification: fermentation in stainless steel, no ageing, cold stabilized and filtered
Tech Specs: 12.1% ABV, 0.6% residual sugars, 8.5 g/l total acidity, 3 pH