Friday, March 20, 2009
Alright, so yesterday I promised a tip on a sub-$10 Riesling value. Here it is: The 2007 Firestone Riesling. I first heard of this wine via this review on Corkd: 96 Points. The author of the note has written 439 bottles on Corkd, and I've agreed with him on several of the wines we've both tasted. If you look at his notes, it's not like he tosses around the big numbers casually. I admire his courage going so high on this one.
Wine Spectator hasn't rated a Firestone Riesling since 1995 so it's difficult to assess their view of the wine. Wine Enthusiast last rated this wine in the 2002 vintage and they thought highly of it, rating it a Best Buy.
If you're wondering whether this is the same Firestone as the tire company: Yes
If you're wondering whether Firestone Vineyard is associated Andrew Firestone from "The Bachelor": Yes
Where to buy it:
- Upper Falls Liquors in Newton, MA
- CA Trader Joe's stores
- Total Wine in Alexandria, VA
- Others? Leave a comment below and I'll add it to the list
2007 Firestone Vineyard Riesling - USA, California, Central Coast (3/15/2009)
Bought this one on a recommendation from a Drinking Buddy on Corkd, and boy did he give me a good tip! This wine was fabulous. Bursting with incredible aromas of ultra-ripe pears and golden delicious apples. The thing that made this so great was that it was so balanced. Not too sweet, yet full of flavor. It was crisp, so it didn't leave residual saliva in my mouth (that some Rieslings do as if they're apple juice). Great stuff- highly recommended. Must buy again. (93 pts.)
Posted from CellarTracker
If you liked this one, you might also be interested in this 96-Point/$29 California Sauvignon Blanc.
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Have you tried this wine? If so, what do you think of it? Have you seen this wine in stores? If so, where?