91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2019 Canvasback Columbia Valley Riesling
This graceful and alluring Riesling comes from Lawrence Vineyard and Frenchman Hills Vineyard, both located in The Royal Slope region of the northern Columbia Valley. With an average elevation of 1,650 feet, the cool climate of The Royal Slope produces a beautifully complex and dynamic white wines. To preserve its dazzling layers of white peach, jasmine flower, blood orange and mango, this off-dry Riesling was fermented cold and aged entirely in stainless steel.
Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
This radiant expression of cool-climate Riesling offers fascinating aromas of lemon peel, ginger root, peach, orange blossom and golden pineapple, with underlying hints of spruce tips and jasmine. On the energetic palate, the flavors are bright and complex, with juicy citrus flavors and notes of candied ginger, fennel and mango all underscored by a beam of racy acidity that draws the wine to a crisp, dry finish.
Heavy winter snowfall in 2019 led to well-irrigated soils and a late budbreak. The relatively cool weather continued throughout spring and summer with temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s, and only a few days over 100º F. This allowed for beautiful flavor development balanced by ideal acid retention, producing elegant and age-worthy wines with lovely energy and character, supple tannins and bright, juicy flavors.
Aged 4 months in 100% stainless steel