RIESLING - COLUMBIA VALLEY, WASHINGTON
BEAR IN BIKE
Riesling was one of the founding grape varietals of Washington, and played a large part in the elevation of the reputation of the state as a fine wine destination. Today the Columbia Valley is America’s largest Riesling producing region, and the quality and diversity of style continue to increase every year. Riesling’s popularity in Washington is due to the state’s propensity to produce a fresh, floral, flavorful style of Riesling that is both contemplative and complex, but also very accessible and easy to enjoy. Bear On Bike is a perfect expression of the magic that happens when the right grape finds a good home.
Bear On Bike pours a gorgeous, golden bright yellow. A pure and effusive bouquet hints at citrus, apple, tropical fruits and flowers. Just off-dry, with brisk acidity framing and lifting the flavors of mandarin orange, citrus zest, spiced apple and honeysuckle. Finishes focused and pure, with good breadth and a hint of sweetness.
Ginger garlic shrimp, chicken tacos with spicy salsa and a healthy squeeze of lime, sushi (yes, with the wasabi!), seafood curries, black bean tostadas, simple grilled anchovies.
TAKE IT RIESLING
Riesling was one of the original grape varieties planted in Washington, and Columbia Valley is the region that first began to bring national attention to the potential of the state’s signature white wine. The potential of Columbia Valley to produce world class wines was identified early on, owing greatly to its unique geology perfectly suited to grapevines and its warm, consistently temperate climate.
Columbia Valley Rieslings are celebrated for their ability to consistently produce fruity, complex wines that are made in a broad variety of styles. The warm days and cool nights that the region is blessed with ensure the ability to pick according to a winemaker’s schedule, and the retention of acidity – critical to varietal expression in Riesling, and the converging of factors that makes Bear On Bike so special. As more and more critical attention begins to focus on the region’s potential, Columbia Valley’s qualitative arrow is unmistakably pointing up.
APPELLATION: Columbia Valley, Washington
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Riesling
WINEMAKING PROCESS: Bear On Bike Riesling is harvested at night when temperatures are still cool, to preserve freshness in the grapes. Whole cluster pressing is followed by a long, cool fermentation and aging in stainless steel. A kiss of residual sugar is left in the wine to balance the acidity and to help build richness and character in the finished wine.
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 22.42 g/L