I have written other posts about K Vintners, Charles Smith and his wines (see links below). Originally hailing from Northern California, Charles Smith arrived in the Walla Walla Valley following 11 years in Scandinavia managing rock bands. Located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla Washington, K Vintners opened its doors to the public on December 3, 2001 on property homesteaded in 1853 with the adjacent farmhouse built in 1872. K Vintners first release was 330 cases of the 1999 K Syrah Walla Walla Valley.
Robert Parker Jr. rated him an “Excellent” producer from the state in his 7th wine buyer’s guide and Jay Miller (of the Wine Advocate) called him a “Brilliant winemaker.”
His Riesling is harvested from a single rocky vineyard, said to be done in a halb trocken/medium dry style. The result is a wine loaded with aromatics and flavor. The name choice? To quote Mr. Smith directly “Why Kung Fu Girl? Because Riesling and Girls kick ass!” Bright yellow straw color. On the nose, pear and citrus with some white peach, almond and floral notes. On the palate, lots of green apple, pear, and citrus. Good weight, mineralty and crisp acidity. Not very complex and some sweetness (a bit too much for my palate) make this a quaffer candidate. This might not be my wine of choice to drink solo, but think it would be quite good with Asian (especially Chinese or Thai) or Indian food, or anything with some heat and spice given the acidity and sweetness. And at $11 a bottle it offers a lot of value.