Appellation: Columbia Valley
Last year’s near-record vintage in terms of heat didn’t prevent Joshua Maloney from spinning out another fascinating and expressive Riesling. One of the state’s cooler and award-winning sites for Riesling made that possible, and the experience launches with a nose of honeydew melon and ambrosia salad with peach, backed by lime, horehound and Aussie black licorice. The entry is crisp with flavors of Limeade followed by a rich and broad midpalate with melon, backed by minerality and Mandarin orange acidity in the finish. Its residual sugar of 1.1% comes across dry, making for a meandering story to tell and reminiscent of something from Alsace or Australia’s Eden Valley. Rated "Outstanding!" by Great Northwest Wine. (11.5 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 12,700
Food pairings: Enjoy this succulent Riesling with mildly spicy Asian or Mexican dishes.
Milbrandt Vineyards, 508 Cabernet Court, Prosser, 509-788-0030, www.milbrandtvineyards.com