2014 Charles Smith "Kung Fu Girl" Columbia Valley Riesling
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Always delicious, as well as an insane value, the 2014 Riesling Kung Fu Girl offers lots of exotic citrus, lychee and minty notes in a medium-bodied, delicious, vibrant profile on the palate. Downright gulpable, yet with plenty of classic Riesling flair, buy this beauty by the case and drink it over the coming year or so. (JD)
*Best Buy* Lime leaf, white peach and mineral aromas rise up from the glass, with botrytis adding a grace note. The spritzy stone fruit flavors are off dry and show spot on balance.
Light and refreshing, with pretty pear, apple and floral flavors on a sleek frame. Shows a hint of green tea on the off-dry finish. Drink now. (HS)
Bright yellow. Tangy stone fruits dominate the nose. A soft, clean fruit-and-spice bomb with a pliant texture and lovely harmonious acidity. Persistent on the back end. Would make a terrific picnic wine. The wine's 13 grams per liter of residual sugar is virtually hidden by its almost 9 grams of acidity. (ST)
Charles Smith is a self-taught winemaker who developed a passion for wine while on the road as a manager for The Ravonettes. In 1999 he moved to Walla Walla and began making wine meant to be enjoyed immediately (the way most people drink today), but still true to the varietal and vineyard. Tasting notes on the 2014 Riesling from the winery: "Crushed minerals run through the heart of this pure and satisfying Riesling. The aromas of white peach, lime leaves, Linden tree, and crush stone echo in the palate with a long, fresh finish."