Cole Ranch AVA, Mendocino County, CA; 12.9% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 26 October
So, let me start off by saying that I am not a Riesling aficionado, because this wine strikes me as interesting and tasty and possibly the sort of thing Riesling lovers get excited about, but I am certainly not an expert on what makes a properly good Riesling (or about anything else, really 🙂 ).
Those of you who like petrol aroma and flavor in your Riesling, this is your wine! The petrol aroma is immediately evident on the nose. The palate follows up with a full dose, very close to an oily minerality which I will probably incorrectly call “flinty” (perhaps “shale” is more accurate?). These are followed by well-integrated lemon, tart green grape / apple, and yellow pear. The wine is slightly off-dry, but I thought the acid provided reasonable balance, especially on the finish. As you can probably tell, I found the petrol component a bit unnerving at first, but after a bit, especially as the wine warmed from fridge temperature, I found it quite interesting and mostly good.
The next day, the minerality is reduced, the texture is more watery than oily, and the pear seems more white and floral than it’s previous “ripe yellow”. However, the petrol is still there, and I still like it. Anyone who’s tried this wine, what did you think?