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Pacific Rim 2007 Riesling Solstice Vineyard

Full Disclosure: This wine was provided as a free sample from the producer.

Yet another terrific Washington riesling from Pacific Rim, the 2007 Solstice Vineyard (13.5%) from Yakima Valley. In the glass, this wine was a golden straw color with scents of petrol, wet stone, minerals, combined with hints of honeysuckle and citrus.

The Pacific Rim 2007 Riesling Solstice Vineyard Yakima Valley offered a clean, crisp mouthfeel with a wonderful balance between the acidity and residual sugar (1.7%). I was pleasantly surprised that this wine did not taste sweeter due to its level of sugar.

We paired this Pacific Rim riesling with a delicious cheese plate to start and then moved on to a couple of homemade soups, a white bean chicken and a black bean Italian sausage. The spice in both soups was well matched by this wine.

The Solstice Vineyard, planted in 1972, is producing some terrific fruit, which is fermented with its native yeasts to produce a delicious wine. At $25, this is a relatively expensive Washington riesling, but well worth price in terms of immediate enjoyment or to put back for a few years. I am going to buy a few more bottles to experience both approaches.

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