Monday, August 5, 2013

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Pacific Rim Dry Riesling
Pacific Rim Dry Riesling
Columbia Valley - Oregon and Washington

I rarely stray from German or Alsatian Rieslings, but this cheap little wine caught my eye in the store. It has a dragon on it! A dragon, I say!

Review: For $8 Riesling, this isn't bad. As the name suggests, it's perfectly dry. It has a surprisingly full body (apparently from lees ageing), with notes of lime and white flowers. The wine also has a light minerality, reminiscent of a Mosel Riesling.

The Pacific Rim is fine, but not the greatest. I would prefer it if the acidity weren't quite so aggressive, though it does help the wine to maintain its brightness. My biggest beef is the short fruit finish -- I'm left with a little  a funny metallic aftertaste.

Food Pairing: The producer suggests Asian food, and I agree. This would be a good pair with some fresh sushi fishes. 

Bottom Line:  Not too shabby.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: Columbia Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPE: Riesling 
  • BOOZE: 12.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it?  Wegman's
What's the damage?   Low Price

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