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Washington Riesling not just a Ste. Michelle thing
Charles Smith Wines 2015 Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Washington, $12
Best Buy! Sure, the branding is a marketer’s dream, and the label broadly reads “Washington State,” but the wine’s pedigree stems from Jerry Milbrandt’s Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley – the foundation of many of the Columbia Valley’s top Rieslings. Jasmine, citrus and lychee aromas include a fanciful hint of candy corn and a faint whiff of petrol. Inside, it’s yummy with a blend of Key Lime pie, lemon and honey, backed by a finish of Granny Smith apple peel that easily balances the residual sugar of 1.4%. It capped 2016 with the ranking of No. 45 in the world on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list, yet it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Enjoy with seafood or Asian-inspired fare.
Production: 160,000 cases