Wine of the Week: Clos du Bois 2009 California Riesling

Categories: Wine Time

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Part of the Clos du Bois Spring Collection 2011, this aromatic Riesling reminds us of Tinkerbell. The wine and the fairy are both tart and sweet; they're light on their feet; and they share a "green" factor - the wine has a slight green tint and comes in a cute lime-green box, and it even has a spring-like color scheme to its marketing materials.

With lots of peach on the nose, it flitters around the tongue, not unlike a pair of tiny wings, switching from an initial rush of acidity that sends citrus flavor over the palate to a subtle sweetness, with lots of apple and peach and a clean finish of slate and minerals.

It would classify as "fruit-forward" in wine-speak, with plenty of discernable California orchard flavors packed into every sip. I highly recommend this spritely Riesling. With 18,000 cases produced and a price tag of around $12, it shouldn't be hard to find.

Pair it with a banh mi or any Vietnamese noodle dish as well, as pad Thai, grilled fish or baked tofu. The winery recommends the Riseling with spicy Indian or Chinese food, but I think some of the intensity of those flavors could overwhelm the subtleties that make it so enjoyable, perfect for spring, and as lovable as Tinkerbell herself.



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SirRon
SirRon

Amber, you need to brush up on your Tinkerbell movies. She is a little beeaah. Maybe that describes this wine, I don't know. I'm just saying.

vext
vext

Clos du Bois is a solid winery, and I appreciate your abililty to convey the taste with a minimum of "wine-speak".

Clieglghts
Clieglghts

Wine speak or Amber speak, they're both about the same. Wine-speak lite, you could call it. Not different really if you have to describe color, nose, palate-heft and the rest.

Am_Bro_Se
Am_Bro_Se

I'd be happy to describe what it feels like to bathe in.

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