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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May Wine Pick: Washington Hills Late Harvest Riesling 2017

The entire month of May will be Riesling Month on, so all of the full reviews will be Rieslings! I've got six Rieslings from Germany, one from Virginia, and this one from Washington State. But Riesling isn't all that's going on this month! Also penciled in are four wine quickies from my good friends at Matchbook, three wine quickies from Navarra (Spain), maybe canned cocktail reviews, and hopefully Part 2 of my Sake series, Just Brew It. And of course, things will be added as the month goes on.

But what I'm really excited about is the premier post of a monthly series called Wine Bloggers Off-Topic, where every month I'll ask wine bloggers and other people in the social media wine community a question that has nothing to do with wine. We write so much about this one topic that it's a nice escape to write about other passions and opinions once in awhile, and their answer can be as long or short as they want it. The first question is "What is the perfect movie?" and will be published on the 14th. If you'd like to participate in this series, just let me know! I've already got some great people signed up!

My wine pick of the month is the 2017 vintage of one of my favorite Rieslings in the $11 price range (a hot spot for the average consumer); Washington Hills Late Harvest Riesling. It's 100% Riesling sourced from the Pleasant and Cowan vineyards in Washington, and the fruit was late harvested to increase sugar levels for sweetness. It has an ABV of 10.5%.

The color of the wine is a pale straw yellow. The nose is dominated with honeysuckle with sidekick aromas of pear juice, oranges, and white flowers. On the palate it's medium bodied and has a wonderful balance of sweetness and acidity. There's flavors of crisp red apples, sweet pear juice, and succulent peaches. Then it finishes crisp but still with a lingering sweetness and the flavors of apples and pears.

It's just sooooo yummy! I am very happy that this wine is in my life. Hell, I'm very happy that Riesling is in my life. It's going to be a great month!

Price: $11
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was purchased by myself with my own money for purpose of this review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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