Mar 052015
Smith-Madrone Riesling 2013, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District, CA, $27 (S) – Rating 92

Smith-Madrone Riesling 2013Think dry…Think crisp…Think  refreshing… A beautiful dry Riesling from one of the few Riesling vineyards left in Napa Valley. Aromas of citrus, honeycomb, pear, honeysuckle and wet stone minerality. A soft mouth-feel with food pairing acidity accentuates flavors of pear, green apple, white peach, honeysuckle, honeycomb and creamy vanilla. Notes of honeysuckle become more apparent as the wine opens. This wine pairs with a wide variety of foods from lighter summer fare to roasted chicken. Buy This Wine

Jan 022014
2012 Smith Madrone Vineyard & Winery Riesling, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA, $27 (S) – Rating 92

This 40 year old Spring Mountain Riesling vineyard is one of the few left in Napa Valley, producing a consistently excellent dry wine year after year. Enjoy its excellent food pairing qualities or on its own. A robust nose with aromas of white peach, pineapple and wet stone. A round mouth-feel balanced with juicy acidity and just a kiss of sweetness. Integrated flavors of ripe pineapple, honeycomb, apricot, red apple, minerality and pear. Buy This Wine

Mar 202013
2011 Smith-Madrone Riesling, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA, $27 (S) – Rating 91

One of the last Napa Riesling vineyards…and its a good one. Beautifully dry, offering a bouquet of citrus and pineapple with subtle notes of white peach. Crisp and clean on the palate with flavors of pineapple and citrus with intriguing hints of green apple and terroir-centric minerality. Perfect food pairing acidity. Try lighter spicy fare…Was divine with our spicy lemon shrimp. Buy This Wine

Jun 122012
2011 Chateau Ste Michelle Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA, $9 (S) – Rating  89

A refreshingly dry Riesling offering up a nose of citrus and lemon cream. A food friendly level of zippy acidity is complimented by flavors of  Meyer lemon, pineapple, apple, citrus and notes of minerality. Paired very well with seared spicy Ahi tuna and Asian slaw. Buy This Wine

May 162012
2009 Firesteed Riesling, Oregon, $15 (S) – Rating 90

A rich nose of lemon custard is followed by a palate full of ripe pineapple, citrus and minerality. Notes of lemon cream pie and bright acidity are balanced by a touch of residual sugar creating round mouth-feel. Paired beautifully with spicy Thai food.