The Charles & Charles Riesling 2014 is sourced from the Art Den Hoed vineyard located in the Yakima Valley AVA which is inside the larger Columbia Valley AVA in Washington State. The Charles and Charles mentioned on the label are Charles Smith of K Vintners (Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Boom Boom Syrah, etc.) and Charles Bieler of Three Thieves (The Show, Newman’s Own wine). The Art den Hoed vineyard is on a high elevation (1,500 feet above sea level) which provided a cooler climate than the surrounding area. The Riesling grapes had an extremely long growing season (a long growing season allows the grapes ample time to develop, but you don’t want the grapes to become overly ripe and maintaining solid acidity is very important to quality wine). This Riesling was fermented in stainless steel tanks and when the residual sugar reached a balance with the acidity, the fermentation was stopped. If an off-dry or slightly sweet wine has the counterbalance of good levels of acidity, you will detect some sweetness to the flavors, but the over-all effect may seem to be on the dry side. The alcohol content is 12%.
The color is a very pale wheat yellow. The nose is delicate and pretty, honey, apricot, apple, dried pineapple bits and honeysuckle. This is a balanced, yet full flavored Riesling, with nectar sweetness to the flavors balanced by a good streak of acidity. It tastes of peach, green apple, lime hard candy, honeydew melon, tangerine and a late hit of lemon. This Riesling walks the line between sweet and dry. The finish is full and lengthy.
The Charles and Charles Riesling 2014 is a classy $10 wine that can be found in supermarkets. A single vineyard wine in this price range is rare (most wine at this price are sourced from grapes grown several different AVA’s, much less several different local vineyards). The tart citrus, the ripe fruit and the tingling acidity give the Charles & Charles a unique and beguiling flavor profile. This is a wine made to be served chilled on a warm summers evening, delicious and refreshing.