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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Hyatt Vineyards 2005 Riesling  (Yakima Valley)

Hyatt Vineyards

2005 Riesling
(Yakima Valley)

One of Yakima Valley’s sub-appellations, Rattlesnake Hills is a newly minted American Viticultural Area. Hyatt Vineyards, located here on the scenic Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail, established itself as a producer of Merlot. Today the 30,000-case winery is also well known for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Black Muscat, and Riesling, along with the Roza Ridge Vineyards brand, its upper tier line of wines. Owners Leland and Lynda Hyatt work with fruit from their Home Vineyard, situated on a knoll at 1100 feet with views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams, along with more recently acquired Three Rocks, Cherry Hills, and Cheyne Road vineyards. Andy Gamache, formerly of Hogue Cellars and Apex, is winemaker.

Pale straw and lightly viscous with petillance, this fragrant wine has aromas of apple, pear, honeysuckle, lemon drop, and hay. The palate is clean and fresh, with notes of pineapple, lemon meringue, and honey. It is medium bodied, very well balanced, and slightly sweet (2.8% residual sugar). The clean finish lingers. This is a terrific aperitif wine, and would be a great choice to serve with potstickers, egg rolls, or with honey-baked ham.

Reviewed February 19, 2007 by Catherine Fallis.

Other reviewed wines from Hyatt Vineyards

Hyatt Vineyards
2004 Merlot
(Yakima Valley)
Catherine Fallis 8/31/2007

The Wine

Winery: Hyatt Vineyards
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Riesling
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Grape: Riesling
Price: 750ml $7.99

Review Date: 2/19/2007

The Reviewer

Catherine Fallis

Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.