Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2013
Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
#43 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014
White stone fruit, white peach, apricot, cool and delicious. Think Fuji apple, shiroplum, lime leaves. Focused and a very long, minerally finish. Kung Fu Girl.....too pure.
Wine Spectator - "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."
The 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. "
Charles Smith Winery
First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically either simple, or is a wine that would be much better a few years down the road. 'Modernist Project' wines are about putting as much into the bottle as possible. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity with regards to variety—that is merlot that tastes like merlot—and to the vineyard—wine that tastes like where it was grown. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to their place of origin. View all Charles Smith Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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5 ratings, 5 with reviewstenacean - Jefferson, MD312/14/2014Ok...this is an odd review for one of the most unusual Rieslings I've ever had...my bias is this...I'm partial to old world Rieslings (European)...I've had some spectacular old world Rieslings at $15 or less...the fruit is at a much higher level and completely different from new world Rieslings (the U.S. and Australia). I judge all Rieslings by old world Rieslings and I've had so called highly rated new world Rieslings (Eroica nd so on) that have just never compared...so...with that in mind...I enjoyed this Riesling BUT it doesn't feature the Riesling fruit and that's the first thing I look for. It has a rather odd complexity that I'm sure appealed to the critics but...for me....the complexity masked the fruit of the Riesling grape. To me it's like slight of hand trying to cover up the lack of fruit. It is NOT sweet by any stretch of the imagination. My score is 87/100...very good but not excellent. Please understand...this was enjoyable...but not on par with true old world Rieslings...now the next question...is this a value wine for the price point at $13??...YES...for the price...it's a value wine. Give it a shot!MikeandShan - Sewickley, PA412/3/2014
This is our go to Reisling. It pairs well with a variety of foods especially anything spicy or Asian cuisine. A great choice for parties as it is complex enough for people who know wine and easy to drink for those who don't. A real steal for the price.DKM2 - San Jose, CA410/10/2014Quite sweet for a riesling, however great wine for its price.Lee Calhoon - Brentwood, CA57/24/2014
- Light & Crisp
This is one of my absolute favorite Rieslings- it is definitely not overly sweet but it gives you a nice fruity balance that is great for the pre- dinner drink.atstephen - Pittsburgh, PA25/31/2014
- Light & Crisp
Too sweet, even for a Riesling
- Light & Fruity
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Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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