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Thursday, June 25, 2009
2008 Charles Smith's Kung Fu Girl Riesling
The first time I met Charles Smith was at local distributor tasting in Downtown Denver and the only thing that stood out, other than his wines, was his very eccentric and playful personality. His personality definitely shows through in his winemaking and label choices. The grapes used in the Kung Fu Girl Riesling come from a single rocky vineyard which results in a off dry minerally style Riesling that is very similar to those produced in the Rheingau region of Germany. The nose is bursting with Asian pear, green apples and spring aromas. Apricot, pear, lime, and a pleasant minerality keep this off-dry wine at the perfect level of subtle sweetness. 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. This particular Washington State summer wine goes great with sushi or just a relaxing afternoon on the patio.