Easy drinking Riesling. For the price ok but lacking complexity and mineral notes many of the simple German Rieslings in the same price range offer. Overall not a lot of Riesling characteristics. This is a fun wine to try/drink, kind of non-sparkling Moscato substitute. Drink now
I hate to say it, but this wine is pretty bad. Initial taste showed an off-dry, slightly fizzy white with very little nose, and quick finish. I'd think the bottle is flawed, but the screw top closure kind of takes that out of the equation. Not sure what to say, except spend a little more and buy better wine. P.S. 95 points is slightly ridiculous....
Subtle-moderate intensity nose, not much fruit for riesling; palate shows great acid, fresh, some light white fruits; short-med finish. Decent wine, light on the fruit and quite simple, but has enough acid to go well with the meal. Not a bad value wine, but nothing special. 86
Nose - floral, rich, lychee, pit fruit, bubble gum-sequence Mouth - rich, fleshy, off dry pit fruit, elegant but in a perfumed way, not for purists looking for a dry Sauvignon blanc charm. Woul go great at the end of a meal with richer cheeses.
Bright straw. Stony, honeyed, floral aromas and flavors of green apples, melon, lime, and lime pith. This is slate driven, with lively acidity, good length, and a touch of brine on the minerally finish.
A fantastic QPR Riesling. Not too sweet with an absolutely refreshing balance between the lime driven fruit and cutting acidity. Saline and mineral notes liven and make you want more. Great summer wine for fresh garden salads and simple grilled fish.
Color: pale straw. Nose: Some gentle flowers in the beginning that give way to citrus notes, white peach and honey dew melon. Palate: Great acidic cut. There is undeniably some slaty minerality and salinity that spread out over the tongue as well as some very pleasing residual sugar. Where is this from? How much did I pay for it? Might my score go higher if I did not just pick up an $11 Washington state wine from the bodega at the corner of my street. Excellent value.
Wow, what a wine! Sharp, clean, and vibrant. Lots of tropical fruit backed up by great acid, structure, and a well-rounded mouthfeel. The second biggest wine sampled at a local tasting, including the reds. Very nice, and equally surprising given this producer's awful 2010 Velvet Devil.
On the nose pineapple, apricote and some mineral aromas. The vibrant acidity is really balancing the huge basket of fruit ( citrus, pears, apples) here. Good with spicy nepalese food, but I wasn´t quite pleased with it for just sipping. A bit flabby on its own.
Non-aromatic, semi-dry style with little fruit. Adequate acidity and crispness. Sadly fails compared to any better German riesling. Eastern Washington should get adequate heat, so I have no idea why the vintner would go so dry.
Starts off floral but slowly erupts with savory aromas and flavors of white peach, honeydew melon, jack fruit, lime citrus, citrus pith, and a pinch of salt. This is clean and crisp with great tension, biting acidity, slaty minerality, and just the right amount of sweetness. Outstanding.
1st Wine Night 2013: Green Bartlett pear, apple, tart acidity on the end. Finish is a bit short and abrupt, but a good bottle of wine, and certainly great for $12. I can see this being a bit more fun to drink in the summer with a good seafood dish.
Fresh, somewhat petroleum stained bouquet with wet linnen cloth, green fruits, elderberries and a hint of chalk. Balanced and lively flavours with some residual sugar but a sharp acidity to counterweight. Grapy flavours, medium body and a longer than average finish. Very well made and a steal for the price.
WSET Level 2 Class 4 (BCIT Downtown Campus, Vancouver, BC): Tasted blind. Stelvin cap. Clear, pale lemon-green appearance. Nose is clean, with pronouced aromas of green apple, lime, flowers / lilac, hint of "grapiness", and a little smoke. Palette is off-dry, medium+ acidity, medium- body, with flavours of crisp citrus (lime) and some mineral tang. Finish is medium-. Good quality, refreshing.
color: tawny yellow; nose: hardly any (but maybe because I've got a cold); taste: light-bodied mouth feel, tastes crisp and slightly sweet, crisp short-length melon-butterscotch finish; overall: tasty and simple off-dry pour, could pair nicely with Ethiopian food as an alternative to tej, OK value at $13/bottle and would be a steal at $10
The nose on this thing is best described as green and waxy, both of which are meant as compliments. There's a vegetal quality to the scent profile that makes me think of asparagus and green papaya. Another note is essential oil (especially of citrus, with kumquat and grapefruit being the standout scents) that remains the wine's most consistent theme, present in the nose, the mid-palate and the finish. I suppose the most controversial claim that I can make about the nose has to do with the petrol/chemical quality that is clearly present here, though less pronounced than in other Rieslings (think the late Diddley Bow Southern Gothic for a very vivid example). I think "Diesel" is the received term of art for the scent, but I and a much-beloved former partner of mine were fonder of thinking of it as "New Sneaker." I know that this is usually taken to be a flaw in a wine, but, to be absolutely candid, I like it, especially in this Riesling where it doesn't dominate the scent profile. The attack is vibrant, full of tart, under-ripe but juicy pear and lots of mineral, white flower and citrus notes. The mid-palate is a continuation of the attack and is perhaps this wine's least distinctive moment in that, while a solid performance, it doesn't deliver anything new. The finish foregrounds the citrus oil qualities first spotted in the nose and puts in a good show for length, reasserting itself after a false fade. I drank this with a Japanese meal of Chinese style Bok Choy and Turkey Meatball soup redolent of garlic and ginger with sides of Kim Chee and sautéd asparagus with rice vinegar. If ever a menu was designed to test this wine's claim to being a great pairing with Asian cooking, this was it. The pairing was terrific (as my Japanese hostess wholeheartedly agreed), with the wine providing a great foil to the dishes, especially the sides where the pear, white flower/honeysuckle and citrus or the wine took the edge off of the vinegar and chili of the banchan. This is a terrific wine, especially for the price, that does exactly what it says it does.
Light straw color. A bit of limeade and apples on the nose. Light citrus flavors on the palate with some sweetness on the midpalate. Moderate acidity. Could have probably used a touch more for me. A bit simple but still quite enjoyable and a very good wine to pair with sushi an spicy Thai food.
Pretty aromas of white peach, green apple, lime and floral. Clean, crisp and mouthwatering, with vibrant acidity and the just the right touch of minerality and sweetness to balance everything out. Delicious and refreshing!
Nice yellow/amber color. Pear, apples, and nice citrus notes on the nose. On the palate I detected some apple, melon(s), a hint of pineapple, lemon, and earthy notes like grasses and forest floor. Great balance of sweet and tart with good acidity. Good QPR for $11. This white is particularly good with spicy Asian dishes.
Consistently great value wine. Admittedly not quite as impressive as past vintages but there's nothing off with this bottle. I get more tropical fruit than previously and there's less acidity. Pleasant nose. Still quite enjoyable, a fine go-to.
Expressive nose of melon and some apricots. More of the same on the palate, with a nice acidity/tartness to balance out the sweetness. Didn't pick up any mineral or petrol notes; this is a straightforward bright, juicy new world wine. The acid is the saving grace but the lack of complexity means I probably won't buy again except for a party or picnic where complexity really doesn't matter. Still, I enjoyed the wine.
Final Glass Update ----- Anything new to report, other than this one lasted longer only because I have been SOOO incredibly busy, that I was not home early enough to have the last glass til tonight, and while it's late, I figured, what the heck...think I'm getting a bit of lemon zest on the nose tonight. Still quite crisp on the palate still. Not much else new to report though. I do like this one, and here we go, I will raise it to a 90. Not too many have scored there of all my notes, as I am pretty conservative I guess.
Very sweet, juicy aromas of honeydew melon with sugar on top. While it definitely smells sweet it isn't goopy or out of balance in aroma. Nice coating texture with mild sweetness and puckering acid. Really nice acid with just a hint of sweetness. Pretty luscious texture and palate presence that I can hold in the mouth for a minute without it getting cloying or overly acidic; great balance. Little kick of acid on the finish that turns to minerals and a slight funky lychee fruit notion. The acid throughout this wine is definitely what keeps this on the most interesting side of things. Not much in the way of complexities, but for what this is it's perfectly balanced. Very impressive stuff for this tariff. Shocking, really.
First Glass ----- Color: Blonde Nose: Honeydew Melon, Petrol Taste: Apricot, Peach, Crushed Rock Overall: So I picked this one up as the Spectator rated it a 90 I believe, and so I wanted to see how close I'd come to their score (and yes, I will do my best to NOT be influenced by it as always). It's the Kung Fu Girl Riesling from Charles Smith, with 11% alcohol. I love the art on the bottle. In the glass it is a pale blonde, similar to my 9 year old son's hair. On the nose I get, honeydew melon notes, and maybe a hint of petrol. Let's taste it. Wow. Great acidity. Getting some apricot fruit, hints of peach, and crushed rock. Nice riesling. Will pick up some more of this if I find it again. I'll score it an 89. Score: 89