2013 Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling Evergreen

#43 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 FOR 2014 "Planted in 1998 by the Jerry Milbrandt, the vineyard rows lie along a stretch of steep cliffs above the Columbia River, in an area that currently falls within the broad Columbia Valley AVA, and soon to be one of the state’s newest AVA's The Ancient Lakes. A cooler site due to river influence, the soils are composed of fragmented basalt, gravel, silt, and caliche deposited during ice age floods. This site produces fruit with sublime mineral character and the acid balance that winemakers dream of. A very long, cold fermentation helped to bring out the maximum in true varietal character, similar to a classic 'Mosel-style' Riesling. Both fermentation and aging occurred in 100% stainless steel." -Winery [+]