2009 Kung Fu Girl Columbia Valley Riesling

SKU #1055272

Aromatic, smooth, vibrant and tasty. Think tangerine, apricot, wet stone, key lime, clove, and nectarine. Now stop thinking and start drinking.... 100% Riesling from Evergreen Vineyard in The Ancient Lakes area of Columbia Valley AVA. 89 points Wine Spectator: "Light and fragrant, on the dry side, featuring tangy grapefruit and apple flavors that linger gently. Drink now." (12/10)

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By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/21/2010  | Send Email
Don’t let the title fool you, this cool climate Riesling from the west coast is a good drink that delivers a nice fresh experience. Stone fruits, river rock, and just a hint of spice floating about in the glass, pair with Asian cuisine and enjoy.

 By: Sonny G |  Review Date: 9/15/2010 
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Very fruity nose, apple mostly, perhaps a slight floral note, with a hint of some sort of "chemically-ness" (albeit a pleasant one) that seems so familiar, but I just can not think of what it is...

Light body with just a slight effervesence, flavors of tropical fruits (mango and lime were two that I seemed to pick up on right away) are supported by a present (but not overpowering) citrus acidity, and something reminiscent of sparkling wine (perhaps a bit of lees???)...

The finish is multidimensional, and sweet; Once again, I get an apple quality supported by flowers and that same "lees-y" quality...

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.