Sawtooth Riesling draws attention

SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON POSTJuly 9, 2014 

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    Idaho and Washington state wines were recently singled out by Washington Post wine writer Dave McIntyre for quality and value. Here is how he rates wines.

    Exceptional: ***

    Excellent: **

    Very good: *

These American Rieslings not only are goodvalues but also show the grape's versatility throughout the United States.

SAWTOOTH RIESLING 2012

Great value ** 1/2*

Snake River Valley, $15

Idaho wine: Why not? Sawtooth's wines are excellent, and its Riesling may be the shining star of the lot. ABV: 13 percent

CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE DRY RIESLING 2012

Great value **

Columbia Valley, Wash., $11

When this was priced below $10, I considered it the best white wine value produced in the United States. Even with the price creeping up, it remains a terrific buy. Ernst Loosen's work on the Eroica has resulted in improvements throughout the extensive Ste. Michelle line of Rieslings. ABV: 13 percent.

WASHINGTON HILLS RIESLING 2012

Great value * 1/2

Washington state, $9

This is semi-dry, meaning it shows perceptible sweetness without being really "sweet." It offers classic flavors of peach and apricot, with a soft texture. And it is an excellent value at under $10. ABV: 12 percent.

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