2015 Charles Smith "Kung Fu Girl" Columbia Valley Riesling SKU #1284384


RP 90 WE 90 WS 90
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K&L Notes

Right after it was announced that Charles Smith sold off all of his inexpensive brands (Eve Chardonnay, Velvet Devil Merlot, Boom Boom Syrah, Chateau Smith Cab and the always delicious Kung Fu Girl Riesling) to the massive conglomerate Constellation in the Fall of 2016 of course he would get included in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the same year. Clocking in at #45 on the list the 2015 Kung Fu Girl Riesling is a great swan song for Charles and all the top notch affordable wines that he has made under the Charles Smith Wines moniker. However, historically, the one wine that has always stood out as being the best of this lineup, by far, is the Kung Fu Girl Riesling. Year in and year out it is the best selling Domestic Riesling by far at K&L due to it perfect blend of acid and sugar and its undeniable affordability. Obviously this year being in Wine Spectator's Top 100 list has sent this wine into a whole other stratosphere. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    With typical varietal aromas of subtle petrol tones layered over with mounds of fresh white peach, apricot and picked wild flowers this is about as good as Riesling gets in this price range. Never cloying and full of zesty and mouth watering acidity this is a long way away from anything like a dessert wine. Snappy and zingy with just enough residual sugar (1.4% Residual Sugar g/100mL) to put it into something like the classic Kabinett range of Germany this is more at home for the main course with thinks like Spicy Thai, Indian or even Mexican food. Dry clover honey, lemongrass, grilled peaches and honeydew melon flavors all drizzled in Meyer lemon juice, this is one guzzle-able wine whose value can’t be matched on today’s market. So if you love Riesling or you just need a tangy refreshing white around the house this is something you may want to grab in quantity.
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    Whether you need this Riesling to elevate your mid-week Asian take-out or be a cheap and cheerful porch pounder at your Saturday night cook-out, the Kung Fu Girl will not disappoint. First of all, it's delicious! Secondly, it's only $10!! This isn't the mineral-driven, petrol-drenched Riesling that you share with your favorite local somm that you've been dying to impress. Rather, the Kung Fu Girl is that floral, stone fruit and citrus-driven white wine with just a hint of sweetness that every no fuss no muss evening is screaming for!
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Lemony and bright, with some slight and very pleasing residual sugar but a dry finish, "Kung Fu Girl" is a cheerful weeknight winner – there’s enough great acid to make this well-priced Riesling a Thai takeout (or anything spicy) staple. Plus the campy label doesn’t hurt. I love Charles Smith’s easygoing wines, and this lively, layered offering might just be my favorite.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    For anyone looking for a great wine to go with asian food this should be at the top of your list. It is bright, floral and fruity with a kiss of sweetness. Well made, it is also a joy to drink alone.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Charles Smith's evocative labels always draw on one unifying characteristic: what's in the bottle is always joyous and delicious. These are never meant to be serious wines but are wines that capture your daily drinking at an affordable price that reflects the varietal and region upon which they are based. The "Kung Fu Girl" has always been one of my favorites in his line-up: 1) because I love yummy Riesling and 2) it's like an homage to old Chinese kung fu movies with a hint of "Kill Bill" thrown in for good measure. These are fun things and should never be taken too seriously. Pop and enjoy its bright lemony and melon fruit with its zingy acidity and slight sweetness. Don't be serious with it, this is your Thai or Chinese take out kind of wine for any night of the week. Now doesn't that sound both joyous and delicious?!
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    The popular Kung Fu Girl is back with it's 2015 vintage and it is just as delicious as ever. Delicious notes of peach, orange blossom and white floral with a touch of sweetness make this wine the optimal Thai, sushi or Chinese cuisine accompaniment. You won't regret keeping a few of these around as the price is super affordable and the wine is incredibly drinkable.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Dependable and reasonably priced, or I can also say cheap and good. Yellow fruit, stone fruit and a hint of citrus, an earthy element for intrigue, a kiss of sweetness to make it fun and a crisp finish. Buy a case and the only regret you will have is that you didn't buy enough.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    There are very few domestic Riesling's that I recommend because of the value you can get in Germany, Kung Fu Girl by Charles Smith is one exception. A lovely little off -dry style this bottle showcases classic honey and floral notes. There is plenty of acid here to balance and helps bring it to a medium length finish. Excellent value Riesling that continues to be a good buy,
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    Tuesday night takeout has never met a better dinner companion. Whether it be Thai, Chinese or Sushi, this wine delivers the goods. Fresh acidity, notes of green apple, citrus flesh and a gentle minerality on the finish. For ten bucks I'm not looking for a life-changer, I'm looking for something to crack open and enjoy without any fuss. There's a reason we sell this stuff by the case!


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