Monday, October 4, 2010
Kinkead Ridge Riesling
It's definitely autumn now in this area, although the weather felt more like mid to late November than it did early October. Cool and damp with gray skies seemed to be the order of the day. The local grapes are picked or are being picked and the early report from Kinkead Ridge is that the 2010 Riesling could be their best ever.
Yesterday we opened the 2008 vintage as a precursor to an Italian meal. Crystal clear color of pale gold in the glass the wine hit you with a brief whiff of kerosene before settling down to smelling of lime zest and wet rocks in the rain. Medium body with flavors to match the nose. Good citrusy quality, a touch of the wet rock and some herbaceousness on the front of the tongue and great acid on the back end. Good flavor to finish with a touch of sweetness at the end and then the last little bit of acid to clear the palate. It was a great match with some grilled shrimp with garlic, rosemary, lemon zest and lemon juice.
Riesling may not be Kinkead Ridge's best wine but to me it has been the most consistent over the number of vintages I've consumed. They are always good, sound and flavorful and true to the grape. They are also fairly priced. $13 and 11% alcohol.