Poet’s Leap Riesling 2003

P. picked up Poet’s Leap Riesling the other day at our favorite wine shop based on a recommendation by the owner. He said that it was a little sweet, but not too sweet, and was very good. Wine Advocate gives it 89 points:

Pears, flowers, candied apples and underlying minerals can be found in its highly expressive aromatics. . . it offers an off-dry, medium-bodied character packed with linden, verbena, honeysuckle and hints of white pepper. Lush, suave and creamy-textured, it is an excellent, fruit-forward offering.

The Poet’s Leap winery is part of a consortium called Long Shadows that wants to help Washington become acquainted with famous winemakers. This wine is made from grapes grown in Washington, but was made by Germany’s winemaker Armin Diel of Schlossgut Diel.

The winemaker’s notes are:

This 100% Riesling has classic pear and grapefruit flavors which lead to a crisp and seductive mouth feel. The natural acidity well balances the delicate sweetness with an enormous charm. All ends with a dazzling clean and tangy finish which last for a long time.

It was very light in color (expected for a 2003 Rielsing) and did indeed have a pear aroma. But the taste? I first could taste the acidity and sweetness, but was then hit with a long finish of… metal. It had a really metallic taste in my mouth not unlike you sometimes get with light beer from a can. P. said he didn’t taste metal, but he didn’t think it tasted very good either. Was it the tangy finish I was tasting? Was it the underlying minerals? I just know that I didn’t like it.

However, on researching this wine, I find that others thought it outstanding. The Seattle Times called it “a perfect embodiment of the riesling renaissance that is now a fait accompli.”

So maybe it’s better with food? Or maybe, like all wine, it’s just a matter of personal taste.

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