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Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling Columbia Valley 2013

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"Planted in 1998 by the Jerry Milbrandt, the vineyard rows lie along a stretch of steep cliffs above the Columbia River, in an area that currently falls within the broad Columbia Valley AVA, and soon to be one of the state’s newest AVA's The Ancient Lakes. A cooler site due to river influence, the soils are composed of fragmented basalt, gravel, silt, and caliche deposited during ice age floods. This site produces fruit with sublime mineral character and the acid balance that winemakers dream of. A very long, cold fermentation helped to bring out the maximum in true varietal character, similar to a classic 'Mosel-style' Riesling. Both fermentation and aging occurred in 100% stainless steel." -Winery

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Charles Smith:
First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically ether simple, ... Read more
First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically ether simple, or is a wine that would be much better a few years down the road. ‘Modernist Project’ wines are about putting as much into the bottle as possible. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity with regards to variety—that is merlot that tastes like merlot—and to the vineyard—wine that tastes like where it was grown. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to their place of origin. Owner-winemaker Charles Smith with his big hair, kick ass attitude and bold packaging arrived in the Walla Walla Valley following eleven years in Scandinavia managing rock bands. Originally hailing from northern California, he has been involved with wine personally and professionally his entire life. Read less

Member Reviews for Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535424,422
4.00 5
12/01/2014

Delightful libation, great with food or by itself. Low acidity for a Reisling, but outstanding nonetheless.


Snooth User: pboss
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3.00 5
02/23/2014

Floral, not overly sweet Riesling from Oregon. Went well with spicy pad thai. Great value, and not that candy cough syrup stuff you get with so many rieslings.


Snooth User: Blinky
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3.00 5
05/19/2014

Citrus, melon, pineapple, tangy finish, dry for a Riesling, overall pleasant Washington wine.


External Reviews for Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling Columbia Valley

External Review
07/16/2015

Crisp and sleek, with juicy, expansive nectarine and peach flavors that play against citrusy acidity, finishing with zing and a sense of softness that lets the finish keep singing. Drink now through 2020. 128,806 cases made.


External Review
12/11/2014

Tasting Notes: White stone fruit, white peach, apricot, cool and delicious. Think Fuji apple, Shiro plum, lime leaves. Focused with a very long, minerally finish. Kung Fu Girl.....too pure! Vintage: 2013 was the warmest vintage since 2003, but cooled off just in time for harvest. The resulting wines were less likely to tip into overripe flavors or high alcohol levels, and picking proceeded at a normal pace. Total tonnage was up about 5% over 2012, a record for the state. Total Acidity: 7.9 grams/L pH: 3.21 Alcohol: 12% Residual Sugar g/100mL: 1.3%


External Review
01/13/2015

Crisp and sleek, with juicy, expansive nectarine and peach flavors that play against citrusy acidity, finishing with zing and a sense of softness that lets the finish keep singing. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
01/13/2015

Charles Smith hits a home run for the second year in a row with his Kung Fu Girl Riesling (the 2012 hit No. 51 last year). The wine offers tremendous quality for the price, an impressive feat considering it’s one of the largest production single-vineyard Rieslings in the world. It comes from the Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes AVA, which is known for producing crisp, minerally white wines. Winemaker Brennon Leighton, formerly of Efeste, helped oversee production of the 2013. 128,806 cases made.


External Review
11/22/2014

Apricot, kumquat, nectarine and lime leaves. A great mid-palate intensity with a long, long minerally finish.


External Review
01/13/2015

Top 100 #43 Charles Smith hits a home run for the second year in a row with his Kung Fu Girl Riesling (the 2012 hit No. 51 last year). The wine offers tremendous quality for the price, an impressive feat considering it’s one of the largest production single-vineyard Rieslings in the world. It comes from the Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes AVA, which is known for producing crisp, minerally white wines. Winemaker Brennon Leighton, formerly of Efeste, helped oversee production of the 2013. 128,806 cases made.


External Review
01/13/2015

Clean, fresh and incredibly pure, the 2013 Charles Smith Riesling Kung Fu Girl is shockingly good given the price (and the volume, as they produce a massive amount of this cuvee). Lychee, citrus, mint and classic minerality all show here, and it’s medium-bodied, beautifully balanced and finishes cleanly, with perfectly integrated acidity and only subtle sweetness. Enjoy this rock star effort over the coming year or two.



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"Planted in 1998 by the Jerry Milbrandt, the vineyard rows lie along a stretch of steep cliffs above the Columbia River, in an area that currently falls within the broad Columbia Valley AVA, and soon to be one of the state’s newest AVA's The Ancient Lakes. A cooler site due to river influence, the soils are composed of fragmented basalt, gravel, silt, and caliche deposited during ice age floods. This site produces fruit with sublime mineral character and the acid balance that winemakers dream of. A very long, cold fermentation helped to bring out the maximum in true varietal character, similar to a classic 'Mosel-style' Riesling. Both fermentation and aging occurred in 100% stainless steel." -Winery

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