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2009 The Composer

2009 The Composer
2009 The Composer

Winemaker Notes: The Composer is a richly textured, inviting Riesling that offers heady aromatics of ripe pear, pineapple, honeysuckle, minerals and petrol. The crisp, vibrant acidity gives the wine great structure and is counterbalanced by a delicate sweetness that lingers across a long, clean finish. The wine is focused, complex, and impeccably balanced. The combination of 3 clones, young and old vines, and the shared terroir of Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards has made for a compelling wine.

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AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardDionysus Vineyard, Bacchus Vineyard, Kilian
Volume750 ml



92 Points


The 2009 The Composer Riesling was finished with 1.6% residual sugar. Light straw-colored, it offers up a superb aromatic array of mineral, petrol, spring flowers, citrus, and a hint of tropical fruits. It is essentially dry to just off-dry on the palate due to a pH of 3.02 and 7.4 g/L of Total Acidity. Made in a Kabinett style with a crispness and laser-like focus on the palate as well as outstanding concentration, it should evolve for several years and drink well for a decade.

Jay Miller, Wine Advocate

90 Points


Very pale, green-tinged color. Aromatic nose combines flowers, lime leaf and wild herbs. Juicy and perfumed in the mouth, with brisk, fruit-driven flavors of quince, white peach and pear. There's nothing overripe about this beautifully balanced, varietally accurate riesling, which tastes drier than its 16 grams per liter r.s. would suggest. The pH is a low 3.02 and the alcohol is 12.5%, according to Billo Naravan. This was done in 95% stainless steel and 5% neutral oak.

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media

86 Points


Light and tangy, this is off-dry but balanced with zingy acidity, offering citrus and apple flavors that linger gently. Drink now through 2013. 226 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

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