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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12 ratings, 10 with reviewsMM1 - Gibsonia, PA51/1/2015
We bought for the holidays for a few guest that like Riesling but didn't get to it. We were pleasantly surprised when we tried this but I believe this is more like a Pinot Grigio and likely why we like it.tenacean - Jefferson, MD312/14/2014My bias is this...I'm partial to old world Rieslings...period. Old world fruit is superior to the new (U.S. & Aus.). This Riesling is enjoyable BUT it's fruit is sort of masked by an odd, but balanced, complexity that critics obviously liked. It is absolutely NOT sweet but has hints of sweetness. Needs more quality fruit. An enjoyable wine but buy low...it is overrated as a Riesling (as so many new world Rieslings are)...88/100.DKM2 - San Jose, CA410/10/2014Quite sweet for a riesling, however great wine for its price.atstephen - Pittsburgh, PA25/31/2014
- Fruity & Smooth
Too sweet, even for a RieslingTonyYuen - Weston, CT36/15/2015Decent fruit and minerality and acidity. Very drinkable. Reasonable value.Bob Carbonaro - Summerville, SC45/25/2015
- Light & Fruity
Slightly dry and crisp. Light sweetness. very GoodEK in CO - Durango, CO35/22/2015I agree with several of the other reviewers. It is a bit sweet for a Riesling, but you certainly can't beat the price. It's a strong buy for under $15 a bottle. Growing up in a German-Austrian immigrant family, I am biased toward the old world Rieslings from Mosul, but if you're looking for a really good food wine for the price, I would certainly recommend this wine.Tjclarkfork - Goodlettsville, TN54/17/2015
- Light & Crisp
mswiftpl - Emporia, KS33/16/2015
- Fruity & Smooth
Dharveee - Kansas City, MO43/11/2015Great value!MikeandShan - Sewickley, PA412/3/2014
- Light & Crisp
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.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.
- Light & Crisp
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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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