Monday, February 2, 2015

Modest Monday: Wines Under $10 - Santa Barbara Landing Riesling

Santa Barbara Landing Riesling 2013
Santa Barbara, California

Wine under $5 -- I don't know about you, but I'm always skeptical. This California Riesling was available at the Joe for a whopping $4.99. What's the verdict? Value or Swill?

Review: Well, it smells like Riesling! White flowers, sweet mandarin, and nectarines. AND, it tastes like a Riesling! Slightly sweet, moderate acidity and body, with strong flavors of flowers and stone fruit. The finish is short and to the point.

Overall, this is a pretty solid little wine. The flavors are simple but concentrated, and the acidity keeps the wine from feeling too flabby. My only complaint is a slight bitterness on the finish (which is quite brief).

This wine is made exclusively for Trader Joe's by the Bronco Wine Company, the same folks who bring you Charles Shaw.

Food Pairing: This would be great with some Butter Chicken and Naan.

Bottom Line: A great value. No two ways about it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2013
  • PLACE: Santa Barbara, California
  • GRAPE: Riesling
  • BOOZE: 13%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it?  Trader Joe's
What's the damage?   Low Price

1 comment:

  1. Been to Trader Joe's a couple of times this month to pick this up. Hoping I can score more this weekend. Nothing special, but a tasty wine for everyday drinking.


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