After a hot afternoon in the sun at a company picnic, I went to my girlfriend Katy’s house to relax for the evening. When I arrived, she offered me a glass of Zugibe Vineyards 2008 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling. I usually like my Rieslings semi-dry but for some reason I was really enjoying this dry Riesling. Katy purchased the wine because she preferred it to the other Rieslings we tasted at Zugibe a few weeks ago. The 2008 Dry Riesling is clean and crisp with a distinctive lemon citrus finish. The bright lemon note is what I liked best about it. It was light and refreshing. Katy poured herself a glass, which finished the bottle.
When I was ready for another glass of wine, she produced a bottle of Chateau Ste Michelle’s 2009 Riesling and suggested we compare it to Zugibe’s Riesling. Chateau Ste Michelle is located about an hour north east of Seattle and is recognized as one of Washington State’s leading wineries. The first thing I noticed about the 2009 Riesling was that it had a grapefruit finish as compared to the lemon finish of Zugibe’s Riesling. The grapefruit finish wasn’t as bright and refreshing as the lemon finish. It was also slightly bitter, which stood out significantly at first but was less noticeable as I finished the glass and started my second.
While I enjoyed the Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling, I found myself wishing Katy had another bottle of Zugibe’s Riesling. I definitely preferred Zugibe’s, as did Katy. It would be interesting to repeat the tasting as a blind tasting to see if we come to the same conclusion. I think Katy and I will have to give it a try.