2010 Mercer Estates Riesling

Yakima Valley, WA; 12.9% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 28 Aug

2010_Mercer_RieslingThis was one of two 2010 white screw-cap Mercer wines I picked up on the same day.  I liked the Chardonnay a lot; this Riesling only slightly less.

This wine shows flavors of yellow apple, with some yellow melon and a little green, with balanced, penetrating acid of green apple and a little lemon.  Under the fruit is a subtle minerality and a little grape skin bitterness.  The wine is perhaps faintly sweet, if not completely dry.  After it had been open for about three hours, I wondered if it showed some of the “petrol” flavor others have described in German Rieslings.  Can anyone tell me?

Regardless, this is quite good wine for the money.  The producer’s page for this wine is here.  It suggests a price of $15 and describes: “Delicate aromas of peach, apricot and beeswax in the nose are confirmed on the palate along with a mouthwatering acidic frame, revealing a hint of sweetness. Well balanced of acid and residual sugar, this dryer style Riesling is a refreshing aperitif or a delicious companion to crab cakes, blue cheese and spicy foods.”

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