Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2016
TOP 100 WINE OF THE YEAR 2016 : Planted in 1998 by renowned Washington vintner Jerry Milbrandt, the Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes lies along a stretch of steep cliffs above the Columbia River in Washington State. A cooler site with basalt, gralvel and silt soils deposited during ice age floods, the site is perfect for Riesling, and is where the fruit for Kung Fu Girl is sourced from. Look for minerals and lemony citrus in the nose with a clean, crisp, thirst quenching mouthfeel. This is medium-dry in style. Owner-winemaker Charles Smith with his big hair, big attitude and bold packaging has earned the moniker 'rock star' of Washington State Syrah. Charles Smith arrived in the Walla Walla Valley following 11 years in Scandinavia managing rock bands. Originally from northern California, he has been involved with wine personally and professionally his entire life. In 2009 Food & Wine Magazine recognized Charles as 'Winemaker of the Year.' And in 2014 this wine was a Top 100 Wine of the Year.