I was making a spicy stir fry dish and wanted to test the common wisdom that spicy Asian dishes are complemented well by dry or semi-dry Rieslings, and I’ve had a few experiences in the past to back that claim. So it was between this bottle and another Riesling from Washington State (Dunham) that I found at Costco, and I opted for the Alsacian one, because I tend to favor a lot of whites from this region (even wrote a book that includes them; shameless plug, but it’s been a while since I did one). Plus it was a few bucks cheaper at $11.99, which is a great price for a quality white from this area.
The wine and the pairing both turned out very nice. This wine is a light yellow on the pour, with vibrant aromas of lemon zest, vanilla and citrus fruit. In the mouth, this is a medium bodied wine, that’s rather dry, there’s a hint of sweetness but no where near what most people think when they hear Riesling; this one is dry, clean and pure, allowing the fruit to really shine through. Lemon, grapefruit, orange flavors with a big does of acidity; key lime pie on the finish with a touch of vanilla and spice.
This is a good buy in my opinion, and a fresh change from the standard Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays that can run wild during the summer months. If you want to give something new a try, this one’s a safe bet.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 Points
Costco item number: 1045182
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)