Perhaps Melanie could comment on this for me - or any other oenophile or any other schlub... The post below on Reislings got me wondering again about something that I've wondered about off and on for a while.
When I returned from Germany in the 70's and was so thoroughly dissapointed with what passed for German wines in the US, I managed to get stationed in Washington State and run across the burgeoning Chateau Ste. Michelle vineyards - I went on a tour and was very impressed (I'm easily impressed). One of their claims to fame was that their conditions - on the banks of the Columbia, and in virtually the identical lattitude as the great German vineyards, would lead them, in time, to produce the same excellent results. They even planted some of the lesser known varietals - including Muller Thurgau. As far as I know nothing has happened here - I mean, no greatness. I pick up a bottle of CSM once in a while and am thoroughly unimpressed. In fact, I think I've seen more Merlot/Cabernet from them than Reisling. I know there's more to the "conditions" than lattitude and being on the banks of a wide river - but I had such great hopes! Has anybody had the opportunity to work with the Pacific Northwest vineyards? Is there any truth to their claims and will they ever be any good?