Dr. Loosen Riesling - $13.99

Wine Details

Price: $13.99
Producer: Chateau Ste. Michelle-Dr. Loosen
Region: Columbia Valley
Varietal: Riesling
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: melon, spices
  • White Wine
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Product Description

  • Dr. L comes exclusively from traditional vineyards with steep slopes and slate soil. This introductory, non-estate wine embodies the elegant and racy style of classic Mosel Riesling. By working closely with growers on long-term contract, brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen are able to assure excellent quality in every vintage.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
WineEnthusiast - 92 Details: For the first time this Ste. Michelle/Ernst Loosen collaboration is sourced predominantly from Yakima Valley vineyards. It is drier, more minerally than past vintages, with crisp, elegant pineapple, white peach and green apple fruit. Tight and beautifully structured, it shows surprising power through the long, crystalline finish. Cellar Selection. 2001 WineEnthusiast green apple, minerally, peach, pineapple
Tastings - 93 Details: Pale yellow-gold hue. Pure, fresh yellow and green apple aromas follow through on a medium-bodied palate with fine acidity and dry flavors on the finish. This has the tautness, concentration, and racy qualities that are rare in domestically produced Riesling. A sensational effort 1999 Tastings

Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Smoked Gouda, Pepper Cheese
Red Meat Ham, Pork Shoulder Roast, Pork Sausage
Poultry & Eggs Roast Turkey
Vegetables Asparagus w/Hollandaise, Onions, Leeks, Shallots
Fish or Shellfish Grilled Salmon
Sauces White Wine Sauce
Herbs & Spices Mustard
Poultry & Eggs Pheasant with red currant gravy
Spicy Food Chicken Stir Fry, Sushi, Egg Rolls
Pasta & Grains Pasta Carbonara

Wine Terms

Name Value
Riesling (REESE ling)—a grape that comes mostly from the Mosel and Rheingau regions of Germany (where it is a noble variety), the Finger Lakes region of New York, and Alsace region of France, and Austria. Although often thought of as “sweet,” many Rieslings are quite dry. The word trocken on German bottles indicates dryness. The trademarks of Riesling are high acidity, low to medium alcohol levels, and aromas and flavors that range from fruity and flowery to mineral. Also called Johannesburg Riesling or White Riesling.
United States Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
Washington Most of the wineries in this state are located east of the Cascade Range, where the climate is desert-like, with hot days and cool nights. The irrigated vineyards produce high yield, but the flavor is nevertheless very good. Traditionally Rieslings have been the most successful here, but currently Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc are doing well. Chardonnay is successfully fermented in new oak barrels, yielding distinctively crisp and delicate flavors, like fresh apples. Washington Merlot, with its cherry flavors and aroma, tends to be more full-bodied, moderately tannic and slightly higher in alcohol than its Bordeaux cousins and higher in acidity than those from California. Acreage for the Syrah grape has increased substantially in the past few years, and in Washington it turns into big, dark, intensely concentrated wines with aromas and flavors of blackberries, black currants, roasted coffee and leather. A little-known German grape, Lemberger, does very well here. It produces a fruity but dry red wine in the Beaujolais or Dolcetto style.
Columbia Valley The Columbia Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is the largest in the state of Washington. It includes the Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Walla Walla, and Horse Heaven Hill AVAs within its boundaries.

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