Wine Of The Week: Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl riesling
BY SCOTT CHERRY World Scene Writer
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
7/08/09 at 4:01 AM
Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl riesling
This is made in the halbtrocken style, the German term for half dry or medium dry, so it is not as sweet as many rieslings. It is harvested from a single rocky vineyard and has flavors of peaches, citrus and apricots with a mineral finish and perfect balance of sugar and acidity — a classic, food-friendly riesling.
Serve with summer salads, sushi, Thai, East Indian or spicy hors d'oeuvres.
About the winery:
Charles Smith Wines is under the umbrella of K Vintners, founded by winemaker Charles Smith in Walla Walla, Wash., in 2001. K Vintners is best-known for its top-rated and often-pricey syrahs. Smith also makes a popular red blend, House Wine, under the Magnificent Wine Co. label.
About Charles Smith:
Smith, born in northern California, has been around the winemaking business most of his life. However, during the 11 years previous to opening K Vinters, he managed rock bands in Scandinavia.
What they are saying:
"At Morrell's Wine Bar, almost next door to Christie's in Rockefeller Plaza, lo and behold a riesling from K Vintners in Washington State. Despite its bizarre title — Kung Fu Girl — and most peculiar label, it was a sheer delight. Extremely pale, a touch of spritz, pure classic riesling aromas, off-dry with delicious flavour and acidity. A perfect, lightish lunchtime drink with an equally good salmon dish. I gave both four stars." Michael Broadbent, Decanter magazine
KungFu Girl riesling TOM GILBERT / Tulsa World