Firestone Riesling 2008
Origin: Central Coast, California
Blend: Riesling (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: March 2010
Purchase Price: $9.99
Our review: Straw-golden with pleasing tropical fruit aromas together with sweet vanilla spice notes. Nicely balanced on the palate with just the right amount of sweetness, the fruit flavors dominate. The finish is of moderate length and consistent with the overall character of the wine.
Our rating: This would be a very nice brunch wine, as it could readily be paired with many of the food items typically found on a brunch buffet, especially a fresh fruit salad. Or consider serving with a Asian cuisines. We don't see it as a dessert wine, though. We enjoyed our bottle, and rate it Above Average. We previously rated the Firestone Riesling 2006 Above Average as well.
Taste profile from the winemaker: "Striking notes of Meyer lemon, honeysuckle, apricot and honeydew melon are abundant on the nose. A firm acidic backbone is balanced by plush fruitiness—flavors of Tupelo honey, melon and apricot abound, with just a hint of sweetness on the finish."
Winery website: Firestone Vineyards.