Inspired by the greatest wines of Germany and crafted by one of Germany's most highly acclaimed Riesling producers, Armin Diel, proprietor of the renowned Schlossgut Diel.
Tasting Notes: The 2016 vintage of Poet’s Leap is an off-dry Riesling with expressive, spicy aromatics and generous, lively flavors. Fresh melon, honey, ripe apricot and a hint of citrus jump on the palate leaving a vibrant, racy impression and a long, clean finish.
Residual Sugar: 1.1 g / 100mL
TA: 0.7 g / 100mL
|Vintage:||2016||Grape Varietals:||100% Riesling||ABV:||12.9%|
Vintage: The 2016 vintage was another hot growing season that required extra care in the vineyard to preserve the Riesling's fresh, bright character. Building on the success of our canopy management program the last few vintages, we worked with growers throughout the season to encourage growth of the canes and outside foliage to protect against the sun while opening up the fruit zone for even maturation. Warm temperatures in the fall hastened ripening, but the Columbia Valley's cool autumn nights gave us fresh, ripe fruit with balanced natural acidity.
Winemaking: Handpicked Riesling grapes were gently sorted and whole cluster pressed to avoid imparting bitterness in the finished wine while enhancing its clean, crisp character. Fermented with a collection of German yeasts at a cool 60°F in stainless steel tanks to preserve fresh fruit aromas and flavors, only the best lots of the vintage were selected for the final blend.
Vineyards: The 2016 Poet’s Leap Riesling brings together a varied collection of Columbia Valley vineyards. Roughly half of the blend is from German clones planted in the Horse Heaven Hills high above the Columbia River, selected to give this wine its distinct minerality. Yakima Valley's Phil Church Vineyard (15%) adds bright acidity. Sagemoor Farms Vineyards (21%) bring apricot and honey to the final blend, and Underwood Mountain (8%) in the Columbia Gorge enhances the wine's lively, assertive character.
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"(Pale, bright yellow. Intriguing aromas of Cranapple, lime, ginger and botanical herbs. Broad, spicy and energetic on the palate, showing a brisk touch of orange zest. The tactile, dusty back end displays sneaky rising length and subtle fruit-and-spice complexity. A very good vintage for this bottling. (12.5% alcohol) - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2018), 91 pts
"Generous aromas of lime leaf, citrus, wet slate and white peach lead to off-dry stone-fruit and citrus flavors that stretch out on the palate. It brings a beautiful sense of acid balance with an impressively long finish. Give it some additional time in bottle to see it at its best."
- Wine Enthusiast (November 2018), 91 pts - Editors' Choice
"The 2016 Riesling Poet's Leap is very pretty, offering up aromas of lime, lemon oil, white flowers and very subtle petrol that wouldn't be out of place in the Mosel. On the palate, it's light to medium-bodied, racy and mouthwatering, with lovely intensity and purity, concluding with a stony finish. It's a beautiful wine and carries a very modest price tag. - William Kelley"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #237, June 2018), 92 pts
"Snappy and refined, offering expressive star fruit and slate aromas that lead to sleek, lingering apricot and spice flavors. Drink now. 4,900 cases made.—Tim Fish"
- Wine Spectator (December 31st 2017), 90 pts + 100 TOP VALUE FOR 2017
"This wine's aromas are bright, with honeysuckle, ripe peach, mandarin orange, slate and lime zest notes. It drinks just off dry, with abundant stone fruit flavors, mouthwatering acidity and a balance that's spot-on."
- Wine Enthusiast (November 2017), 90 pts
"(12.5% alcohol): Very pale straw-green. Aromas and flavors of orange zest, peach, ginger and five-spice powder. Offers good body and purity, with a touch of sweetness buffered by ripe acidity and just enough minerality to maintain its shape. Finishes with good spicy persistence, an intriguing element of salinity and a late note of lime blossom.- Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2017), 90 pts
"The 2015 Poet's Leap Riesling from Long Shadows is another gorgeous bottling from this estate. The wine was sourced from the Sagemoor, Underwood Mountain and Phil Church vineyard, as well as Horse Heaven Hills vineyards. Head winemaker Armin Diel has crafted a brilliant new release wine here. The wine begins with a bouquet of apricot, poached pear, cut grass and cantaloupe. The wine yields bright flavors of white peach, Pazzaz apple, honeydew melon and hints of lemongrass. This is absolutely refreshing and gorgeous as this wine has a bright structure despite the heat of the vintage. The 2015 Poet’s Leap is showcasing why this is possibly the best Kabinett Riesling in the state. (Best 2016-2026) — O.B."
- International Wine Report (September 2016), 93 pts
"Taut, sharply focused and distinctive, with apricot, peach, Meyer lemon and slate elements that glide over an off-dry finish that doesn’t quit. Drink now through 2022.—H.S."
- Wine Spectator (December 2016), 91 pts
"The terrific 2015 Riesling Poet’s Leap has 1.2% residual sugar, which is barely noticeable. Juicy, vibrant notes of green apple, citrus and lychee all emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, clean, deliciously refreshing white that will be incredibly versatile on the dinner table. It will also age gracefully for a decade or more. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #231, June 2017), 90 pts
"Very pale yellow, with a faint green tinge. Sexy orchard fruit and dried apricot aromas are lifted by ginger. A supple, spicy fruit bomb on the nose, conveying very good freshness and energy to its lemon, white peach and saline mineral flavors. Finishes classically dry and persistent, with a dusty impression of minerality. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2016), 90 pts
"Poet’s Leap is made famous by German winemaker Armin Diel, proprietor of the renowned Schlossgut Diel. The 2014 is a lovely Riesling, offering wonderful aromas of pear and red delicious apple followed by gravel on the expressive nose. Absolutely delicious, with lovely minerality, followed by flavors of green apple, cantaloupe and green papaya which carry on through the finish. Lithe and expressive, one of the best made Washington Rieslings out there. This effort eclipses the 2012 and 2013. (Best 2015-2017) - OB."
- International Wine Report (July 2015), 93 pts
"Silky, lively and elegant, with layers of pear, citrus, wax and floral flavors in lovely proportion, finishing harmoniously and slightly off-dry. Drink now through 2022.—H.S."
- Wine Spectator (October 15th 2015), 91 pts
"Open-armed, generous and fine-boned, this pure Riesling is composed primarily of fruit from The Benches vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills, overlooing the Columbia. It has a peppery phenolic top note that seems to hold the wine together like fine lace, with an elder-flower scent, pure apple flavors, and a finish that's forthright and subtly phenolic."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (October 15th 2015), 91 pts
"(12.5 grams per liter residual sugar with 7.7 grams of acidity and a pH of 2.97; the fruit was picked by hand and whole cluster-pressed): Pale straw. Tangy aromas of stone and citrus fruits, dusty brown spices, minerals and honey Moderately sweet but with terrific acidity and saline minerality buffering the sugar and intensifying the fruit. A strong CO2 content gives the wine a youthful spritz. Tactile, bright Riesling with terrific retention of fruit. Grapes from Underwood Mountain in the Columbia Gorge bring more ripeness, said estate manager/winemaker Gilles Nicault, noting that the fermentation temperature did not exceed 61 degrees. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2015), 91 pts
"The 2014 Poet’s Leap is another white that perfectly balances its juicy acidity and nicely integrated sweetness. Quince, green apples, lychee and mint all emerge from this medium-bodied, crisp, elegant Riesling that’s drinking great today. It’s amazing to see the freshness and purity that this team is able to get, even in these record-breaking hot vintages."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 90 pts
"From the Long Shadows wine portfolio, the Poet's Leap is a consistent contender for best U.S. Riesling. It certainly proves year after year what the Columbia Valley can do with this grape. The 2013, which is just reaching the market, is effusively fresh and zesty, almost jubilantly fruity. After an hour or so, it calms down and displays classic Riesling character of apricot and peach with a mineral core. Many stores may still have the 2012, which is also top-notch and might not need that hour to calm down. Alcohol by volume: 12.9 percent."
- Washington Post (October 1st 2014), ***