Friday, April 28, 2017
Tasting: Kung Fu Girl Riesling
However, this wine from grapes planted by Jerry Milbrandt back in 1998 in Washington state's newest AVA, Ancient Lakes, is worthy of consideration when you're looking for a bargain retail price, an unblended Riesling, and a wine with a bit of a citric edge that cuts through fatty, creamy foods.
It's not a wine I'd pour for standalone sipping, but I paired it with a chicken Marsala dish, and it balanced off the creaminess of the sauce while holding its own as a separate flavor. Hints of lime and peach and citrus mingle with the minerality of the wine, and the finish is comparatively long. I can see it pairing well with spicy Asian dishes as well, as its name -- inspired by director Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" movies -- implies.
Kung Fu Girl is from Charles Smith Wines of Prosser, WA. It is barrel aged for two months, finishes at 12% alcohol, with 1.4% residual sugar. It carries a suggested retail price of $12.00, but I've seen it offered online for $1 or $2 less.
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Posted by William M. Dowd at 11:54 AM