Producer: Koenig Vineyards
Region: Snake River Valley AVA (Idaho)
Grapes: 100% riesling
Vineyards: 50% Williamson, 50% Vickers
ABV: 13.5%
Price: $12*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Koenig Vineyards 2017 “Sunny Slope Cuvee” Riesling

Koenig Vineyards 2017 "Sunny Slope Cuvee" Riesling

90 points

Perhaps the best wine value I tasted in 2018, this Idaho-grown and raised riesling shows beautiful aromas of Meyer lemon and mandarin orange – zest and pulp – accented by a subtle spicy-floral note and hint of peach.

Broader than most of the East Coast examples I taste, it still has similar flavors in its peach and mixed-citrus qualities, which a nice bit of concentration on the mid-palate and crispy edges thanks to clean, juicy acidity.

At $12, this wine is a steal.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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