A Wine for Tonight: 2008 Turning Leaf Riesling



By Kori ~ October 7th, 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 2008 Turning Leaf Riesling from Pfalz, Germany.

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

Turning Leaf Vineyards is one of the brands in the E. & J. Gallo Winery portfolio. E. & J. Gallo Winery, headquartered in Modesto, California, is the world’s largest family-owned winery and the largest exporter of California wine. Sixteen family members spanning three generations of the Gallo family actively work at the winery. Turning Leaf is one of the most recognized, value-priced wines in the United States.

“Turning Leaf expanded beyond its California roots and turned to the renowned Pfalz region in Germany for this crisp, aromatic Riesling. Shows a nice balance between sweetness and acidity. Fragrant aromas of lychee, pineapple and soft spice. We get subtle undertones of baked apple.” –Turning Leaf

2008 Turning Leaf Riesling (Pfalz, Germany): Medium, yellow gold in color. Aromatic with asparagus, minerality, and citrus aromas. More citrus fruits, orange peel, and a hint of honey come through on the palate. Off-dry and light to medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $8; Available elsewhere, $6


Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, German Wine, Riesling, White Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

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