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Estancia Riesling
Estancia Riesling
Monterey County

Style Sweet or aromatic Country USA (CA) Price $12
Vintage tasted 2008 Grapes Riesling, Chardonnay
Website www.estanciaestates.com

Overview Our blind tasters were shocked to learn that this wine was domestic: with its bright minerality, clean aromas, and characteristic “petrol” scent (trust us, it’s a good thing), this bottle could easily be mistaken for a German Riesling. With only a hint of sugar and abundant acidity, this food-friendly wine feels almost dry—and it will go well with everything from pork to East Asian cuisine.

Nose Most of our tasters commented on the wine’s minerality—a term that’s hard to define but easy to recognize. Think wet rock after a rainstorm. There are flowers and fruit here too.

Mouth Words like “restrained” and “lovely” kept cropping up in our blind tasters’ notes.
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