2018 Poet's Leap Riesling

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2018 Poet's Leap Riesling
2018 Poet's Leap Riesling

Inspired by the great wines of Germany and winemaker Armin Diel, one of the most highly acclaimed Riesling producers and proprietor of the renowned Schlossgut Diel.

After a slow start to spring, the 2018 growing season quickly became very warm with hot weather persisting throughout the summer before moderating significantly in early September. Harvest conditions were ideal as the Columbia Valley settled into a pattern of warm days and cool nights that slowed ripening enough to allow the grapes to mature fully and develop complex flavors while retaining freshness and acidity.

Expressive aromatics of white flowers, ripe pear and peach are laced with a delightful hint of wet stone minerality. Lively and pure on the palate, with fresh citrus, honey and mouthwatering apricot flavors. A delicious natural acidity and trace of residual sugar provide a balanced, vibrant mouth feel and long, satisfying finish.


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Varietal Composition100% Riesling
AppellationColumbia Valley
Acid.91 grams / 100 ml
Residual Sugar1.20g / 100ml
Wine StyleWhite Wine
Volume750 ml

The 2018 Poet’s Leap Riesling is an equal blend of three distinct vineyards. German clones from The Benches in the Horse Heaven Hills provide appealing minerality. Yakima Valley’s Phil Church Vineyard contributes citrus aromas and flavors. Dionysus Riesling, from vines planted in 1972, adds vibrant acidity and stone fruit characteristics.

Armin Diel, owner of Schlossgut Diel from Germany's Nahe region, came to Long Shadows in 2003 to make Poet's Leap Riesling. The partnership was born after Long Shadow's founder Allen Shoup and Armin discovered a shared belief in the notion that the U.S. was on the cusp of a Riesling renaissance. It was this idea that led Allen, then CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle to establish Eroica, Chateau Ste. Michelle's joint venture with the Mosel's Dr. Ernst Loosen. At the same time, Diel was leading a Riesling renaissance of his own, serving as president of the VDP-Nahe, an association of area wine estates dedicated to high-quality Riesling production in Germany.  And it was Dr. Loosen's friendship with Allen and Armin that brought the two together.
Since Poet's Leap's first vintage in 2003, Long Shadows' director of winemaking Gilles Nicault has collaborated with Armin on Poet's Leap's vineyard selection, fermentation and blending to establish a consistent style for the wine. In the fall of 2016, Gilles assumed total winemaking responsibility for Poet's Leap after Armin found it increasingly challenging to make the numerous trips overseas that the project required. Gilles remains committed to crafting the same style and quality of the wine the team originally envisioned.

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