Full Review

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2014 Vineyard Estates, Riesling, Chehalem Mountains

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 1.4%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$32

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2014 Vineyard Estates, Riesling, Chehalem Mountains

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 1.4%
Bright silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach tart, lemon curd, and hint of rubber leaf with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a graceful, charming, medium-length tangerine, green apple, and minerals finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delightfully toothsome and engaging riesling with great structure and a real sense of place.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: peach tart, lemon curd, and hint of rubber leaf
Taste Flavor: tangerine, green apple, and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Off-Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: West Coast Oysters, Seafood Gumbo, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delightfully toothsome and engaging riesling with great structure and a real sense of place.

The Producer

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate, Inc.

The Producer
20875 SW Chapman Rd
Sherwood, OR 97140
USA
1 503- 625-6902

Their Portfolio

94 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2011 Beacon Hill, Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton 13% (USA) $36.00.
91 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2012 Beacon Hill, Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton 13.9% (USA) $38.00.
91 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2009 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 14.1% (USA) $38.00.
90 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2009 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 14.0% (USA) $25.00.
92 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2010 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 13.1% (USA) $42.00.
90 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 12.8% (USA) $30.00.
89 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2012 Estate, Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 14.1% (USA) $48.00.
91 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2011 Hilltop Reserve, Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 13.1% (USA) $45.00.
92 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2013 Estate, Rosé, Chehalem Mountains 13.2% (USA) $30.00.
90 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2013 Estate, Riesling, Willamette Valley 11.1% (USA) $28.00.
91 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2012 Estate, Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton 13.9% (USA) $38.00.
94 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2014 Willamette Valley, Riesling, Chehalem Mountains 12% (USA) $32.00.
92 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2014 Estate White, Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
92 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2013 Reserve, Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains 13.5% (USA) $45.00.
92 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2013 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 13.3% (USA) $48.00.
93 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2012 "Sheila" Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 14.3% (USA) $85.00.
91 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 14.3% (USA) $32.00.
93 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2015 White Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 14.2% (USA) $50.00.
93 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2013 Reserve, Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains 13.5% (USA) $45.00.
93 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2012 Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 14.1% (USA) $48.00.
93 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2014 Vineyard Estates, Riesling, Chehalem Mountains 12% (USA) $32.00.
80 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2014 Chehalem Vineyards, Late Harvest Riesling, Chehalem Mountains 11.1% (USA) $45.00.
85 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2016 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains 13.3% (USA) $48.00.

Riesling

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Although many consumers believe Riesling is a sweet wine, there are all types, ranging from bone dry to ultra-sweet. Offering a remarkable array of perfumes ranging from apricot and peach to peony and petrol, and having excellent natural acidity, Riesling is one of the world’s greatest wines.

Germany is home to the most famous examples of Riesling; produced from vineyards along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, these wines have tremendous character and minerality, owing to the slate soils these vines are planted on. Alsace, in northeastern France is another region that excels with Riesling (especially dry versions); the same is true for the Clare Valley in Australia, where Rieslings are often characterized by a petrol aroma.

Dry versions work with many different types of foods, from seafood with cream sauces to pork, veal and duck. Sweeter version should either be served on their own or with blue cheeses such as stilton or gorgonzola.

While it is safe to say that Riesling is an under appreciated wine for the typical American consumer, there has been greater popularity over the past few decades, as dry and off-dry Rieslings pair beautifully with Thai, Asian and fusion cuisine; thus Riesling is a wine directly linked to a healthy lifestyle.