Mon 10 Nov 2008
The Spellbound Riesling 2006, California, is a lovely riesling that barely qualifies as such, legally, being a blend of 76 percent riesling, 12 percent chardonnay, 10 percent muscat and 2 percent “other dry white” grapes. Whatever the case, this model offers delightful scents of pear, peach and lychee with hints of spiced, baked apples and a note of riesling-like rubber eraser. It’s lively in the mouth, crisp and scintillating, with a touch of sweet stone-fruit ripeness on the entry that quickly goes vibrantly dry. Made all in stainless steel, the wine emphasizes freshness and clean minerality and delicious pear and apple flavors, while the finish delivers a tide of spice and earth and lime/grapefruit austerity. Very Good+ and at about $15 a Great Bargain. The cliche is to drink rieslings with either German or Alsatian fare or spicy Southeast Asian, and that’s certainly true, but this would be a terrific aperitif on Thanksgiving Day as well as accompanying the turkey dinner.