Among the best wines in the world….

Rich Cook reviews the 2015 Riesling at WineReviewOnline on June 26:

95 points

Rich Cook, WineRevie

I never do this, but in this case I think it’s appropriate to throw some numbers at you. 12.6% alcohol (you can drink more of me) and 3.03 pH (you won’t get tired of me).  Those are numbers that will make you think you’re in some other part of the world, because they occur in only a small handful of wines from California.  The Smith brothers make legacy Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, but this might be their best wine, and it’s certainly among the best wines in the world vintage after vintage.  This time around, it’s all about fresh lemon, lime, tangerine and white flowers that soar on an updraft of stony minerality, leaving you refreshed and ready for more — more appetizers, more wine, more pleasure.  That pleasure promises to increase with extended bottle age.  This will easily outlive just about your entire collection — thirty years isn’t out of the question.  Now that’s a number you can be impressed by!

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