2014 Myth Riesling, Washington Wine Works

The 2014 Myth Riesling, vinted and bottled by Washington Wine Works, arrived here earlier this summer as part of an online shipment. As a white, you might rightly expect it to sit in the rack indefinitely while reds were prioritized for dining and in Notes alike. And so it did, until this week when scorching temperatures suggested a well-chilled white might be a reasonable alternative to a cold beer or a bottle of red.

2014 Myth Riesling

2014 Myth Riesling, Washington Wine Works, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA.

This 2014 Myth, produced in Washington’s Columbia Valley, is fragrant and sugary in the bottle and on the nose. This white smells full compared to a Pinot Grigio–does that make sense? There’s not a bit of dryness to the Riesling. Candidly, it was not as enjoyable as the Bordeaux Blanc, and I found myself limited to just a single glass at a time because of its sweetness. I still remember my first explorations of Rieslings (that’s Twisted River) but those must have been less sweet because I cannot imagine repeat purchases if they had been as sugary. On the last night/glass, I paired up Myth with a delicious pork chop dish that I’m proud to share here.

The food came out pretty well. What you see is seared pork chops and plum salsa with corn, kale, and farro salad. This is the first time (at least to my recollection) I’ve had farro and it was pretty good as seasoned with scallions and balsamic vinegar. With the kale, corn, and farro all mixed together you have a nice bit of crunch with the grains. The plum worked liked that too, a nice cool counterbalance to the seared pork chop–which was drizzled with the balsamic and butter sauce from the pan. Voila.

But this is a wine blog not a food blog, so let’s get back to the bottle. The label conveys, “Our Riesling leads with aromas of honeysuckle and nectarine with flavors of honey and orange blossom, finishing clean with balanced acidity.” I don’t know if that’s true or not–judge for yourself based on the above–but I do know I’m all set with this Riesling. I prefer to hold onto other myths.

The Ones That Got Away – Winter 2015 Sampler


2012 Biltmore Estate Merlot Limited Release, North Carolina, USA; 2013 Relax Riesling, Schmitt Sohne GmbH, Germany; 2007 Virgen de Aguila Artigazo, Edicion Limitada, Carinena, Spain; 2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA; 2012 Red Blend, Bell Canyon Napa Reserve, Napa Valley, California, USA; 2012 Buena Vista Pinot Noir Private Reserve, Sonoma Valley, California, USA.

BV Coastal Estates 2007 Riesling, California, USA

Several summers ago this amateur oenophile was on a verifiable Riesling kick.  The warm temperatures and the opportunity to unwind Friday nights on the patio seemed to propel me toward Riesling–at that time it was Twisted River.  I’m no longer sure if it was the amazing environment or the wine that was the real draw, as I’ve since tried multiple Rieslings and many seem far too sugary for my palate.

BV Coastal Estates 2007 Riesling, California, USA

BV Coastal Estates 2007 Riesling, California, USA

Earlier this week, however, I packed up many of the reds and some Chardonnays and shipped them south toward our new digs.  The 2007 BV Riesling did stay close at hand and tipped into our remaining glassware on several nights this week.  That in and of itself is interesting–in part for its rich, apple-pear scent and in part for its apple juice coloring.  It’s much deeper than a Grigio or Chardonnay, both of which rate much higher in our house in overall taste.

The BV is so sweet.  It could accompany a dessert, it could accompany a dry cheese, but it really needs to be offset with something to take the edge off the sugar.  Granted, we did finish the bottle (though it took three days)…but I really regretted failing to keep a Bordeaux or a Pinot Noir on hand to get through the last of the packing, particularly with the evening temperatures cooling.

The BV 2007 Riesling will have its fans, but I’m unfortunately not one.  At this point, I’m more interested in learning if it’s the grape itself that I’ve moved past.   We’ll see.

Chateau Ste. Michelle, 2010 Riesling

Based on some online recommendations, this Columbia Valley Riesling I picked to accompany the veal saltimbocca, french fries, and broccoli raab that I had in celebration of our anniversary.  One glass carried me through a tasty garden salad; the second was paired with my entre.  In this respect it was more valuable, a light and sweetish Riesling that played off both the saltiness of the veal and the bitterness of the broccoli.

Great evening that far outshines this Washington white wine.  Much of it’s personal, so let me simply say the 2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle is probably better in a food pairing (some good ideas noted above) unless you enjoy its innate oaky sweetness.

2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling

A rare miss.  Sometimes it seems that every entry here is a raving success, an unmistakable masterpiece that has to be enjoyed time and time again.  This is not one of those times.  This 2010, from the highly regarded Columbia Valley in Washington, is described by some as “refreshing” and “off-dry”.  It may be those things, but even more so it is sticky sweet.

2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling

The 2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, from Woodinville, in the Columbia Valley region of Washington state.

If memory serves, we pulled the cork on this to accompany a lovely pasta dish, penne with peas and bacon in a delicious white sauce. The food was very much the highlight of the meal, as my unrefined taste buds could only handle a single glass without needing some water chaser for the sugary taste of the Riesling (which I normally enjoy immensely come the summer months).

What else can I say here?  One, that it tasted better after we left the bottle sitting uncorked in the fridge overnight; and two, it was better when used as a cooking wine later that week.  As I said at the start, this one was a rare miss for us.  But give it a shot and let us know what you thought!