Yes, it has been three years already since we have embarked on our ambitious project of becoming the best Riesling producer in the world. I was reminded of the time gone by last week during a vertical tasting of two of our dryish style single vineyard Rieslings: The Wallula Vineyard Riesling and the Solstice Riesling.
Wallula is our Biodynamic vineyard located in the Horse Heaven Hills appelation. It is planted at about 1,300 feet of elevation, above flood levels. Wallula is a high density, pergola like, planting that is usually quite ripe and very Washington like. Our Single Vineyard from Wallula is certified biodynamic. The 2007 showed nice peach, very clean wine, yeasty, straight, showing a lot of youth. The 2008 was more on the pear side, but very similar to the 2007, clean, may be a bit sweeter right now on the palate with a big structure. The 2009 was very floral and dry, a winemaker’s wine definitely. Those wines showed great balance and even if they are different I could tell they all came from the same vineyard.
Solstice is an old Riesling planting (40 years old vines) in the Yakima Valley. It produces a very minerally styles. The 2007 was clean with some petrol notes, very sharp and concentrated, great serious wine. The 2008 vintage was crisp, hard and sharp, a very young wine with tons of aging potential. The 2009 had some slight green apple, very pure Riesling style, very similar to the 2008. I love solstice because it is a very honest see through wine.