2013 Charles Smith "Kung Fu Girl" Columbia Valley Riesling
*Best Values* Crisp and sleek, with juicy, expansive nectarine and peach flavors that play against citrusy acidity, finishing with zing and a sense of softness that lets the finish keep singing. Drink now through 2020.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Clean, fresh and incredibly pure, the 2013 Charles Smith Riesling Kung Fu Girl is shockingly good given the price (and the volume, as they produce a massive amount of this cuvee). Lychee, citrus, mint and classic minerality all show here, and it’s medium-bodied, beautifully balanced and finishes cleanly, with perfectly integrated acidity and only subtle sweetness. Enjoy this rock star effort over the coming year or two. (JD)
If you haven't tried it, Charles Smith's Kung Fu Girl Riesling packs more excitement into an under-$10 bottle than most people would dream possible. The 2012 vintage was a smash hit here at K&L, and while three 90-point reviews and a fourth-consecutive "Best Buy" designation from Wine Spectator certainly didn't hurt, sometimes a wine is just right for what people have been missing. It's a delight on its own, but the food pairing versatility of a Riesling of this style is perhaps unmatched. Characteristics of white peach, apricot, Fuji apple, and lime reverberate on the palate with a long and minerally finish. The grapes are sourced from the sustainably farmed Evergreen Vineyard perched high above the Columbia River, and this attention to viticulture and site-specificity realizes a generous wine with excellent varietal expression that tastes a lot more expensive than it is.