Saturday, July 19, 2008

Fess Parker White Riesling 2006

Fess Parker White Riesling 2006
Origin: Santa Barbara County, California
Blend: 100% White Riesling
Alcohol content: 12.1%
Bottle closure: Synthetic cork
Purchase date: June 2008
Purchase price: $10.99

Taste profile from the winemaker: "This Riesling is well balanced, off dry in style and is sure to delight the senses for a refreshing experience. On the nose, floral hints of honeysuckle abound with notes of orange peel, all-spice and lychee nut. With its refreshing acidity, peaches, honey, apricot and pineapple shine through on the palate."

ABC Wines review: This wine has the gentle fragrance of a blend of tropical fruits, most notably honeydew melon with a pineapple influence. Silky smooth on the palate, the initial fruit flavors rapidly evolve into a sweet, almost overly sweet, mixture of honey and spice. The finish is, though quite long, marred by a sensation, not a flavor per se, of burnt sugar or honey that develops. Not a wine to be served with meals, rather a (small) before dinner aperitif or with a cheese platter. Our score: Previous vintages (not reviewed on this website) have been much better than this one. This disappointing riesling is Below Average.

Winery website: Fess Parker Winery.

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