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Crisp and fresh aromas of saline, lavender and chilled Asian pear slices are a nice start. Meyer lemon and grapefruit flavors are seasoned with spicy clove and ginger notes and a touch of pine needles. More acidity would be welcome, but overall an enjoyable wine.
The wine's primary aroma of pineapples and wet rocks is joined by a trace of something smoky, like a roaring campfire at the beach. Peaches and lemon-lime soda pop flavors are tempered by a bit of orange zest. This off-dry Riesling is need of a bit more acidity.
This is indeed a sweet wine. The wine also has plenty of acidity, so it has that going for it. Aromas of lemon tarts and 7-Up are a canary in the residual sugar coal mine. Flavors like lemon drop hard candies and a peach margarita continue the theme. The wine is sweet without hitting cloying territory.
Aromas of flower, Nestea iced tea, apricot and peach hard candy lead to body-dry flavors. It's full in feel. There's a lot of value to be had.
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The aromas provide plenty of appeal, with notes lime leaf, herb, peach and jasmine. Off-dry-drinking stone-fruit flavors follow. There's pleasing acidity throughout.
Aromas of jasmine, flower, apricot and peach lead to medium-sweet stone-fruit flavors. The sweetness and acidity play well off each other. It brings a lot of value.
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Expressive aromas of orange marmalade, citrus, brown sugar and honey are followed by sweet, rich but well balanced fruit flavors. The variety's pleasing sense of acidity keeps the sugar well in check. Marmalade notes linger on the finish.
Top 100 Best Buys of 2021
The aromas are bright, with notes of freshly cut apple and white peach. Sweet but well-balanced fruit flavors follow, with Nestea Lemon Iced Tea notes on the finish
Soft and fairly sweet, with honeysuckle and orange blossom aromas and tropical fruit flavors.
The aromas draw you into the glass, with notes of lime leaf, herb, pear and flower. Dry, well-balanced fruit flavors follow, backed by lively acidity. Beautiful stuff.
Soft and delicately sweet, with lively pineapple and lemon flavors that show spicy accents. Drink now.
Appealing notes include pear, jasmine and orange blossom. It drinks a hair off dry with stone fruit flavors that seem a bit dilute
Sweet, polished, focused and expressive, playing the grapefruit, pear and spice flavors against bracing acidity. This avoids being cloying, and persists harmoniously. Delicious now, but should deepen with cellaring. Drink now through 2025.— H.S. (5 March 2015)
BEST BUY (May 2014)
Penetrating aromas suggest lemon oil and citrus blossom, with a hint of terpene. This is the driest version of this wine to date, with residual sugar down around 0.5%. Pear skin, pear flesh and citrus carry it through a lengthy finish. May 2014
BEST BUY (May 2014)
Sweet and silky, balanced with aggressive acidity. The poached pear, pineapple and spice flavors linger on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,400 cases made. -HS 11/30/12
BEST BUY ~ The sweetness gauge on the back label indicates this as medium dry, and at 3.2% residual sugar, there is more than a hint of sweetness. It’s all in fine balance, full flavored, fruity and round. A mix of peaches, apricots and Mandarin oranges makes this an interesting Riesling with some complexity. — […]
#1 TOP 100 2011 ~ Rich on the borderline between dry and sweet, this richly fruity riesling is packed with flavors or peach, apricot, pear, a hint of mint, and a streak of wet stone. There is a lot going on for such an inexpensive wine. – PG 11/01/11
BEST BUY ~ # 10 TOP 100 BEST BUYS 2012 ~
A Fresh and textural wine, this puts a spicy spin on citrus rind and stone fruit flavors of peach and apricot. There’s an intriguing hint of white pepper as well, and an overall sensation of density, intensity and exceptional length. – PG 9/01/12
Sweet and silky, balanced with aggressive acidity. The poached pear, pineapple and spice flavors linger on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,400 cases made. –HS