Sunday, June 5, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: ***+ $ J. Lohr Bay Mist Riesling, Monterey County, CA, 2010 (BEST VALUE)

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By way of background: Riesling has a friend in cooler growing regions.  This riesling, from the Monterey area of California, hails from the ubiquitous J. Lohr line from the 2010 vintage, a vintage characterized by unusually cool, El Nino-influenced weather. 

Initial review : This is J. Lohr Bay Mist Riesling, Monterey County, CA, 2010 , finished at 11.9% alcohol, and with almost 2% residual sugar.  The white riesling grapes are supplemented by a tiny amount of orange muscat and gewurztraminer.

In the glass:  Light effervescence, light yellow and green olive

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows light stainless steel and sweet.
  From the aroma, seems like this will be fun, easy, with perhaps an element of minerality.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet citrus and sleek, finishing medium length and clean. A bit of sugar cloy on the finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for character.  Best value at a bargain price.

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