I was craving a white tonight – even though the temperature is currently 27 degrees outside with the wind chill bringing it down to 19. But it is nice inside, as I watch the first of the Olympics broadcasts with Oliver snuggled up next to me.
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars is located in Spokane, WA and this Riesling is sourced from the Dionysus Vineyard in the Columbia Valley. Arbor Crest is one of the oldest wineries in Washington – it opened in 1982 as the 29th winery in the state.
When we visited in August 2013, we didn’t get to visit the winery’s Cliff House Estate (it was closed that evening), a beautiful mansion located at the top of a 450 foot cliff. The views from the top of the hill outside looked spectacular, so I’m sure it would be an amazing place to relax on the patio with a glass of their wine. One day…
2012 was a great year in the Dionysus vineyard, with warm summer days and cooler nights that allowed for the right amount of acid retention. The 2012 Riesling was aged in stainless steel tanks. It is a lovely straw color, and on the nose, you pick up a lot of tropical fruit smells, ripe pineapple and honey, with a hint of a floral smell. On the palate, you get the same ripe pineapple flavor with loads of honey. The mouth feel is thick and syrupy.
If you have a chance to try it, be sure to let me know what you think!