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Kung Fu Girl 2015 Riesling, Charles Smith, Columbia Valley
Charles Smith made a name for himself and a huge splash in the wine world focusing on small single vineyards in the Columbia Valley producing superb quality fruit and that's exactly what this wine showcases. Kung Fu Girl is stellar Riesling from the Evergreen Vineyard, planted in 1998, the vineyard rows lie along a stretch of steep cliffs above the Columbia River in the state’s newest AVA, Ancient Lakes. A cooler site due to river influence, the soils are composed of fragmented volcanic rock, gravel silt and limestone. Evergreen is farmed using sustainable practices. This site produces fruit with sublime mineral character and great acidity. Whole clustered pressed, the wine aged on the lees for 2 months giving it a richer texture. Wine Spectator named this wine a Top 100 Wine of 2016 with 90 points! Wine Advocate also gave it 90 points saying "Juicy and lively, with lots citrus blossom, lychee and a touch of lime, the 2015 Riesling Kung Fu Girl is medium-bodied, vibrant and crisp on the palate, with terrific purity, integrated acidity and a great finish. It's a steal at the price and will drink nicely for a year or more."