This wine with the odd name and funky label from Charles Smith Wines in Washington State has gotten a lot of acclaim — 90 points from Robert Parker, etc. — so I was looking forward to trying it. Riesling is one of my favorite types of wine.
Kung Fu Riesling 2013 has a nice floral aroma, with some citrus and stone fruit. The flavor starts off mirroring its aromatics, but then moves into pear and Fuji apple. Definitely off-dry, verging on slightly sweet. I was hoping for more acidity to balance it out. There is slight minerality on the finish, which I liked. But it also had a waxy mouthfeel that I didn’t care for.
The Kung Fu Riesling is a pleasant wine and easy to drink if you like your Rieslings a little on the sweet side. I can see this going well with a really flavorful dish, like spicy Asian food. At the price — only $10 a bottle — it’s definitely worth trying. But perhaps don’t raise your expectations as high as mine were.