Thomas Henick-Kling, director of viticulture and enology at Washington State University, has roots in Germany, and they show in this dry Riesling that’s the first wine bottled by his students. A product of Lonesome Spring Vineyard and Olsen Vineyard, its aromatic profile focues on Key lime, Granny Smith apple and pineapple. Inside, it’s bright and nicely crisp with more lime and apple, backed by an undertone of orange with a slaty texture. There’s no hint of sweetness at a paltry 0.27% residual sugar. Henick-Kling and his students unveiled their screwcapped bottle last summer in Wenatchee for WSU boosters and poured it at the North Central Washington Wine Awards gala. At this point, the wine is being sold at the WSU Connections store in Seattle and at the WSU Visitor Center in Pullman, but it may soon be available online. The first WSU Blending Learning red wine is scheduled to be bottled later in January.
Production: 275 cases