Paradise Peak Riesling 2016

Not to be confused with the sweet riesling from the same name, here’s another example of the versatility of this wonderful grape. Although not in the least complex or enough of a wine to make one thoughtful, there’s enough going on to make one ponder the meaning of wine.

For starters, there’s a lovely barnyard-y creamy lime character to the nose, a kind of cool earthiness that distantly reflects the cool slate-iness of our German cousins. On the palate a ripe fruit salad appears, with clear pieces of ripe mild melon, creamy lime and luxurious pieces of canned tangerine in light syrup.

The finish never takes us back to the acids that might signal “the end” but that’s fine; it’s an off-dry wonder meant for pairing with something sweet or light, or just for sipping.