Drinking Tonight: Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Riesling

A simple off-dry Riesling to go with homemade chicken pot pie. The ‘petit reserve’ in the name means that this is a small production run, so availability is limited.

Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Riesling (2012) Monterey County, California – $6

Photo0302Color: very pale gold with a tiny hint of green.

Aroma: zesty – honeysuckle, green apple, and jasmine. As it warms up, some honeyed stone fruit aromas come out as well – apricot and white peach.

Taste: a good balance of acidity, fruit, and just a little sweetness (about 2 out of 10 on the sugar scale). More apple and floral notes on the tongue, with a little of that minerality that Riesling is known for. Not a lot of citrus, so you can drink this without food.

This is an excellent deal. It puts a lot of the $10 Rieslings from Washington to shame. Absolutely a recommended wine – get some while you can.


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