2014 North by Northwest Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
The 2014 Chardonnay carries flavors of melon and apple in its medium bodied entrance before rounding out into a balanced and smooth wine.
An elegant entrance that is highlighted by its finesse. The mid-palate is balanced between fruit and subtle oak characters with a mineral backbone. The finish is round, filling and fresh with a medium-plus length.
Following on the heels of a cold winter, early spring was very wet with double our typical precipitation in March. Rapidly warming temperatures in April led to buds breaking almost a week early – these favorable conditions continued, leading to very strong fruit set after a mid-June bloom. The abundance of fruit allowed for meticulous hand thinning; only the fruit meeting stringent quality parameters were allowed to ripen. Excellent weather continued throughout the summer, leading to a warmer than average vintage and resulted in excellent ripening conditions. Moving into late summer/early fall the grape clusters were in outstanding condition which combined with unusually dry conditions allowed for extended hang time and enhanced flavor development. The extended harvest period enabled each vineyard to be harvested at peak ripeness resulting in a crop of fantastic quality.
Appellation: Columbia Valley
TA (g/L): 5.60
VA (g/10 0mL): 0 .029
RS (g/L): 0.95
2015 North by Northwest Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills
Resulting from a 2015 Washington vintage that saw higher than average heat, this Riesling provides concentrated color and flavors. Right away, the vivid golden straw color is apparent. On the nose, fruit forward peach and pineapple notes mingle with citrus components of lime zest and orange peel, complemented by underlying clove and rose petal elements. Rich flavors of pineapple, apricot and pear spread over the palate, followed by a balanced acidity highlighted with a nuanced grapefruit and lemon finish.
Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
2015 North by Northwest Rosé, Columbia Valley
Only premium fruit is used to craft our North by Northwest Rosé. A select grouping of sustainable vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley AVA contribute fruit to this unique take on Northwest Rosé. The primary fruit source is one of the most renowned vineyard sites in all Washington-the Benches. The 2015 vintage is a delightful blend of fruit-driven reds and whites. The wine is lush with notes of ripe fruit like freshly sliced white peach and lime. The layered fruit flavors on the mid-palate are brightened with a fresh acidity that carries the lingering finish.
The wine is lush with ripe fruit. The layered flavors on the mid-palate are brightened with a fresh acidity that carries the lingering finish.
Color: exuberant orange pink
Nose: lime; orange peel; peach; rose water; mineral; passion fruit
Flavors: lemon zest; rose petal; white peach; pineapple; grapefruit; orange blossoms
We were pilgrims to Washington. Since our first Washington harvest in 2005, we have embraced the state. In turn, the state has embraced us as kindred spirits of the Pacific Northwest.
We make wine for wine lovers, simple as that. These are artisan-crafted wines, affordable enough to enjoy every day. My family has always called this our business plan: Integrity. It works for us, and we will always work to bring you the very best.
We treat our wines with dignity and respect. We employ winemaking techniques usually reserved only for the smallest boutique wineries. We respect our vineyard partners and let the quality of the grapes speak for itself as we craft North by Northwest.
North by Northwest was founded in 2005 by the King family with the vision to handcraft varietally pure wines from the finest vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley and Columbia Valley AVAs, which straddle the border of Washington and Oregon. We partner with like-minded vineyard owners, with an eye on sustainable viticultural practices. Our guiding principle is simple: Produce a quality wine, for wine lovers.
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@CruelMelody dunno, but looking at the producers’ site, for the '15, they state
Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.14 TA (g/L): 6.52
it would seem strange they would be that different.
Hopefully @winedavid49 or NxNW can join in to correct any errors and enlighten us further about the Riesling where we only have the AbV,
Ahh, the trade pages do confirm the numbers in the listing; typo there perhaps?
And provide no additional info on the Riesling.
@CruelMelody it’s not sweet, to my palate at least. It’s the kind of smooth reisling where it doesn’t have the acidity of say, a sauvingon blanc, but it’s not even approaching much sweetness. Just kinda a roundness to it, essentially.
Oh I am in immediately. Bought both the cases of rieslings and rosé and they’re great crowdpleasers! I was just on my final bottle of the rosé and you must have heard me lamenting the “end of summer” though the season elongated well into fall last year. We must be prepared!!
To @CruelMelody I found the riesling to be dry. It’s an easy summer sipper and tastes like sitting on the back porch. I bring it to gatherings and I get to do the “no, riesling is a superior wine, don’t believe the hype” dance to folks who turn their noses up at “sweet riesling.” No one has turned down a second glass or said “it’s too sweet for me” yet! Here’s the original post on it, with some accurate ratting: https://casemates.com/forum/topics/king-estates-north-by-northwest-riesling
@kaolis@nlmiller Yes, I use the free “Hold at Location” a lot for my wine purchases, since signature is required and either I’m not home or don’t hear them and miss the delivery. I always pick one of the regional FedEx Office (used to be FedEx Kinkos). Mine is near where I go shopping regularly so it’s convenient, and open long hours. Also nice and air-conditioned so your wine sits on a shelf there rather than being in a hot truck all day. Just remember the 5 days to pick up.
@Jamileigh17@LSeewoester I’m in the same boat. I’ve bought and enjoyed both the Reisling and Rose here on Casemates, but wife and I are not chard fans. The comment that it’s not oaky is promising, though…hmmm…can’t decide.
/giphy decisions decisions
@LSeewoester I’ll admit I haven’t tried THIS chardonnay (though I just ordered the case which will get me some!). However I’d say that in general the Northwest chardonnays are different from the typical California charonnays. Of course that’s a generalization, but I prefer the Northwest ones, in general seem a little bit “cleaner” and pleasant. California ones tend to either end up too sweet or on the overly “oaky” or “buttery” side. (again, a generalization). But I’d rather have a CHEAP northwest chardonnay than a CHEAP California one. I’m looking forward to getting my case and hopefully I’ll be correct.
@LSeewoester@TimW fwiw, it’s the most non chard chardonnay I’ve had across both ww, here and random wandering through my local wine store. It’s white wine, but in the most non offensive way. Not any too much, taste wise. Good for people like me who like wine but aren’t completely sold on the pretentious bits.
I still think the comps on “price from the winery” are all over the board on offers. The price comparison on this offer:
$355.93/case at King Estate Winery (including shipping)”
Ok, but the details in that price comparison, if you click on the link includes $190.18 two day FedEx. I’ve overpaid for shipping I’m sure, but the last time I paid $190.18 to ship a case that is selling for $5.17 per bottle is, well…never.
Got this about a week ago. Wow, both the chard and the reisling are fantastic! No-oak chardonnay, so, so wonderful, I had to stop drinking the stuff when I lived in California and everything was so oaked-up. And a dry Reisling! Again, thought I’d have to hate-drink this, or pass it off to others, but now, no way. I’ll be looking for more from this winemaker, now. Looking forward to trying the rose this weekend, thanks, Casemates!!!