Wine of the Week: Clos du Bois 2009 California Riesling

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Part of the Clos du Bois Spring Collection 2011, this aromatic Riesling reminds us of Tinkerbell. The wine and the fairy are both tart and sweet; they're light on their feet; and they share a "green" factor - the wine has a slight green tint and comes in a cute lime-green box, and it even has a spring-like color scheme to its marketing materials.

With lots of peach on the nose, it flitters around the tongue, not unlike a pair of tiny wings, switching from an initial rush of acidity that sends citrus flavor over the palate to a subtle sweetness, with lots of apple and peach and a clean finish of slate and minerals.

It would classify as "fruit-forward" in wine-speak, with plenty of discernable California orchard flavors packed into every sip. I highly recommend this spritely Riesling. With 18,000 cases produced and a price tag of around $12, it shouldn't be hard to find.

Pair it with a banh mi or any Vietnamese noodle dish as well, as pad Thai, grilled fish or baked tofu. The winery recommends the Riseling with spicy Indian or Chinese food, but I think some of the intensity of those flavors could overwhelm the subtleties that make it so enjoyable, perfect for spring, and as lovable as Tinkerbell herself.

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