2016 Latah Creek Riesling

2016 Latah Creek Riesling
2016 Latah Creek Riesling


During Latah Creek’s thirty-four years of producing Riesling, Mike has had the opportunity to use grapes from nearly every growing region within Washington State: Pasco/Tri-Cities, Sunnyside, Yakima Valley, Wahluke Slope, Rattlesnake Hills, and most recently the Ancient Lakes AVA. Of all these areas, father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie, believe the Ancient Lakes AVA consistently produces the best Riesling, thus a conversion was made to this area for all Riesling bottling’s since their first harvest there in the early 1990’s.


The 2015 vintage was the earliest harvest and shortest harvest ever for Mike and Natalie. The Riesling was harvested 3-4 weeks ahead of “normal”. Mike and Natalie were surprised with the intensity of fruit in the grapes, expecting less because of the quick ripening. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cooler temperatures, to retain its forward fruit characteristics. A higher acid level was left in the wine to keep it from cloying, and to keep it fresh and crisp.


Similar to German Rieslings, the nose of this wine begins with a minerality, granny smith apple, and pear aromas. The intensely flavored wine seduces you with Anjou pear and spun sugar, while lingering with minerality, ginger, and a crisp acid.


Enjoy this wine with salads, light desserts, pork, and chicken, such as Ellena’s Pork Chops with Apples and Shallots recipe published in her latest cookbook.





Varietal Composition100% Riesling
AppellationAncient Lakes of Columbia Valley
VineyardFamiligia Vineyard
Harvest Date09/21/2015
Residual Sugar2.5%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/03/2016

Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards 2016
Outstanding and Best Buy, WinePress Northwest Spring 2016


This historic Spokane winery relies on fruit from the relatively cool Ancient Lakes area of the Columbia Valley — a region quickly gaining renown for producing some of Washington’s best white grapes. This clean, crisp wine shows off aromas of lime zest and orange oil. On the palate, the purity of fruit veritably shouts “This is Riesling!” as it gives way to flavors of apple, pear and honeydew melon. Energetic acidity provides remarkable backbone through the lengthy finish

Silver, Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition 2016

Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

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