Latah Creek Sweet Riesling 2017

Latah Creek Sweet Riesling 2017
Latah Creek Sweet Riesling 2017

BACKGROUND

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. Our first and only release of a Sweet Riesling was back in 2013 with grapes from the 2012 vintage. This limited production wine sold out very quickly and has been one of our most requested wines ever since.

WINEMAKING

The 2017 vintage was back to a normal harvest date for most of Latah Creek’s wines.  This extended time on the vine made for fruit that was so full of flavor!  Latah Creek’s Ancient Lakes AVA vineyard is typically reserved for their premium Riesling, but the Rattlesnake Hills AVA grapes came in with such wonderful aromas and flavors, Mike and Natalie decided to bottle a small amount as their second-ever Sweet Riesling.  The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cooler temperatures, to retain its forward fruit characteristics.  A bright acid level was left in the wine to keep it from being syrupy-sweet and cloying, and to keep it fresh and crisp.

TASTING NOTES

 

Bright acids mixed with tropical fruit and honeycrisp apple predominate with nuances of candied lemon peel and dragonfruit.

 

 

FOOD PAIRING

Enjoy this wine seafood dishes, salads, spicy foods, desserts, such as Ellena’s Lemon Riesling Cake recipe published in her latest cookbook and online.

 

 

 

 

Vintage2017
VarietalRiesling
Varietal Composition100% Riesling
AppellationRattlesnake Hills
VineyardHyatt Vineyard
Harvest Date10/18/2017
Sugar22.2
Acid1.02
PH3.27
Residual Sugar5.5%
Alcohol10.50%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/23/2018
Cases Produced90

Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

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