Wine of the Week: NxNW, Horse Heaven Hills, Riesling 2011

Source: Dallas Morning News
February 6, 2013
By Rebecca Murphy

NxNW, Horse Heaven Hills, Riesling 2011



NxNW stands for North by Northwest, as in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a project of the King Estate Winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

King Estate grows grapes on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, the green, rainy part of the Pacific Northwest; NxNW, however, focuses on grapes grown on the dry, high-desert east side. Turns out, eastern Washington is a great place for riesling. For example: this dry, lean, aromatic, floral, citrusy, green apple beauty with bright, lemony acidity. It’s a great drink with grilled shellfish or a tuna salad.

One of the main goals of the NxNW folks was to find the best riesling vineyards in eastern Washington from which they could make an affordable wine. They chose the Wallula Benches on the Wallula Gap, a spectacularly scenic part of the Columbia River between Washington and and Oregon. They chose well.


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