Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find". By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are at or under $20. We might also mean, "Hey, you really need to go find this", and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending, we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to help you track it down here in the Northwest.
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If you wanted to treat your favorite wine drinking cyclocross racer to a proper hand up, I think Oregon Riesling would fit the bill. The state is producing some phenomenal Rieslings that run the gamut from dry and austere to slightly sweet and spiced, in the style of those from Germany. They all tend towards great aromatics and soaring acidity. One that comes to mind makes up our Friday Fudge, as opposed to our Friday Find, as it comes in around $23, slightly higher than our $20 cut off point. The Ribbon Ridge Estate Riesling from Trisaetum is absolutely delicious. It's got lots of great mouthfeel, fleshy flavors of peach, and melon along with wet slate and fantastic spice and acidity. The wine is incredibly aromatic with lime, and lemon zest and lots of stony minerality.
To call this a hand-up Riesling is not to diminish it's elegance, but from me this is the highest compliment. I'll be racing in the Cat 3s tomorrow, it's going to be warm, and if someone were to offer me an Oregon Riesling hand-up, I'd be thrilled if it were the Trisaetum.