What: Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling Evergreen Vineyard Ancient Lakes 2015 $12
Where: Most grocery stores
Why: Last week winemaker and marketeer extraordinaire Charles Smith made a huge splash in the wine world when he sold five wines from his Charles Smith Wines lineup to mega-company Constellation Brands for a whopping $120M. What was behind the Constellation sale?
Much of the interest revolves around this wine – the Kung Fu Girl Riesling. Since first launching the wine in 2006, Smith has turned it into a juggernaut, producing 200,000 cases of the wine per year. For perspective, if this single wine were an actual winery, it would be one of the largest in the state.
Kung Fu Girl is not just the things that marketing dreams are made of. It has also helped establish the Ancient Lakes appellation, where the fruit comes from for this wine, as Washington riesling central.
With a label inspired by director Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies, the 2015 Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling Evergreen Vineyard Ancient Lakes ($12) is an excellent example of what all the fuss is about. It’s über aromatic, with notes of white peach, honeysuckle and lime. Lean in style, it drinks off dry backed by racy acidity. Enjoy it by itself or paired with a spicy Thai dish.