One of the great and most distinctive vineyards of Washington State, Evergreen Vineyard is situated high above the Missoula Flood Plains and only grows white grape varieties. Wonderful acidity and pure fruit characterize its grapes. The site is very cool; the caliche and basalt in these ancient soils produce some of the best and most unique wines in the state, if not the world.
In cool, high elevation sites, Riesling always preserves its natural acidity, even in warm vintages. Indeed, this is the case with 2012 and so we see a wine that has a warm-vintage fruit profile of orchard/tropical fruits such as pear, apple and lychee, yet the wine possesses citrus-type acidity; a great combination for an extremely aromatic and exotic wine that has the legs to age. Very little rain during ripening allowed us to target this intricate balance via canopy management and irrigation and as October cooled down we honed in our picking decision, finally pulling it off the vine on the 23rd.
93 points Wine Enthusiast
Dry and crisply detailed, this delicious, bracing Riesling combines refreshing minerality with delicate yet complex fruit flavors of apple, pear and tangerine. It’s full-bodied and drinking beautifully, but has the structure to develop over a decade or more. You decide whether to enjoy it now or tuck it away. Editors’ Choice.
90 points Wine Spectator
Lean and zingy, with bright flavors of green apples, lime blossom and spice. Finishing long and vital.