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2009 Rasa Vineyards Riesling The Composer Columbia Valley
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($30; from a 1974 planting) Very pale, green-tinged color. Aromatic nose combines flowers, lime leaf and wild herbs. Juicy and perfumed in the mouth, with brisk, fruit-driven flavors of quince, white peach and pear. There's nothing overripe about this beautifully balanced, varietally accurate riesling, which tastes drier than its 16 grams per liter r.s. would suggest. The pH is a low 3.02 and the alcohol is 12.5%, according to Billo Naravan. This was done in 95% stainless steel and 5% neutral oak.

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The Riesling grape may scare away some wine novices. In Germany, where the grape reaches its finest expression, labels hew to a rigid, abstruse set of classifications, leaving newcomers with little idea what they may be looking at. Furthermore, many wine drinkers' early experiences with sweet wines from Germany (think Blue Nun), have not been especially rewarding. We say that it's your loss if you continue to fear the...
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