We were fortunate enough to be gifted one of these recently (you know, upcoming nuptials and all), and popped it open this past week. Well, unscrewed it open... not so much pop... Anyway.
I remember we tried it on its own first off as it was a hot day and we thought "Hey, maybe this will be a nice refreshing white to sip on and cool off a bit". We couldn't find any specs on it online anywhere (the winery website was less than helpful, but that may have been because we were on a mobile device at the time), so we pretty much had no idea what we were getting into. The wine came out of the refrigerator at about 63 degrees, which was apparently slightly too cold, as there was initially nothing on the nose. It had a beautiful bleached hay color which sparkled in the glass - but maybe sparkled too much, as it appeared to be slightly frizzante. Just a couple of degrees later, the nose opened up and yielded some honeysuckle and apricot, and something citrus I couldn't place. On taking a sip, the flavors of lychee, pear and nectarine rolled across my palate, and I recalled it tasting sweet along with fruity. I called it off-dry (again, not knowing the specs until just now). I felt it was missing some acidic balance though - I don't know if it just didn't hit my palate or what, since a little research on the Cole Ranch vineyards said that it was known for its high-acidity wines. However, we were just drinking it all on its lonesome. The finish came across with honey. I noted that this was a fruitier Riesling than I'm used to, and it actually reminded me more of a still, drier Vidal or Niagara.
Then I thought, "This wants food. It wants cheese and crackers. And a charcuterie plate." On second thought, maybe there was acidity in there if I was wanting fatty stuff to go with it...hm. Anyway, we pulled out some salami and Swiss cheese, and once a few nibbles were sampled with the wine, I definitely noticed an improvement in the acidity. Still less than I thought there would be, but knowing now the specs of it, it all makes sense.
For you "give me a score" people, we had initially rated this at an 87 (again, no specs, didn't know if it was supposed to be sweeter or not), but today on having full knowledge of the wine (HAK is staring at me) (stop staring at me), I would bump that up to a solid 89.
Overall, it's a nice wine. We unfortunately cannot make a purchase today as we're slightly tapped out for money. You know, upcoming nuptials and all
I saw HitAnyKey42 on wine.woot! and clicked "I want one!"