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Wente Riverbank Riesling 2011

25 Nov

Wente “Riverbank” Riesling 2011, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, CA . Locally $11, Internet from $9-12/bottle. 12.5% ABV.

A clear color of pale sunshine with a green tinge in the glass, the nose shows honeysuckle, gentle floral notes with a hint of salt air, which begs the question if Wente found a way to bottle with California coastline breeze instead of nitrogen?

All kidding aside, this wine is no joke and is named appropriately. In the mouth, the palate is flooded with honeyed apricot, white stone fruit, saline and great acidity. The finish has hints of  gravel and sandstone.  Swallowing leaves a perfect cleansing of the palate which cries out for more. This is a treat that can pair with just about anything or sit beautifully on its own  at any time of the day or night, nicely complementing sunshine and moonlight.

At this price point, it offers solid value and is every bit as complex and well-made as rieslings in the same (lowest) range from Wachau, Austria and Mosel, Germany. Which is my way of saying its worth your time and consideration.

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