By Kori ~ August 5th, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2009 Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling from the Columbia Valley in Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Charles Smith of K Vintners released his first Charles Smith Wines in 2007. The goal of Charles Smith Wines is to produce reasonably priced wines that are meant to be consumed immediately but also have a lot going on (i.e. flavor, balance, typicity). Owner/winemaker Charles Smith is often referred to as a “rock star,” which is a reference to his days of managing rock bands as well as a nod to his professional success. Last year, Food & Wine Magazine named Charles Smith as “Winemaker of the Year.”
“THIS GIRL IS SERIOUS! Aromatic, smooth, vibrant and tasty. Think tangerine, apricot, wet stone, key lime, clove and nectarine…now stop thinking and start drinking…‘CAUSE KUNG FU GIRL KICKS A**!” –Charles Smith
2009 Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling (Evergreen Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington): Very pale, straw yellow. Nose is a bit tight at first, then some minerality comes through. Citrus fruits, particularly lime and lemon, and tropical fruits explode on the palate. Off-dry and medium-bodied. Well-balanced and crisp with a long finish. Excellent by itself and with food. Residual Sugar: 1.41%
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $12.49; Available elsewhere, $10 to $15
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Riesling, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25