2014 Bouchaine Riesling Las Brisas Vineyard Carneros

Languid and off-dry, it’s in a sweet spot now

2014 Bouchaine Riesling Las Brisas Vineyard Carneros

This wine has admirable Riesling aromatics: wet stone and wax mingling with honeysuckle, white flowers, and stone fruits. The body is nearly colorless, but the wine is saturated with tropical and tree fruits, especially guava and passion fruit, plus mango and peach. Quite sweet and languorous but with a zing at the mid-palate that keeps it from feeling syrupy. The finish carries on.

Great with a cheese course, the salt and sweet cutting a fine pas de deux. Exceptional with fresh and young cheeses, especially goat, but it also has enough oomph for hard aged cheeses like Beaufort and Gouda. Not as delicious with Cheddar; the acids grate against each other. Best pairing for me was a bloomy rind goat, Thin Red Line from Lazy Lady Farm.

This vintage is still available and is drinking beautifully.

10.2% abv | $24 (sample)

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