SRP of $11.99 and available for $7.99 at Costco. Sample received courtesy Old Bridge Cellars for review purposes.
From the winemaker:
“It’s a mouth-revving Riesling with a bite that sings with mountain-stream purity. Its flavors dart all over, quartz-like acidity coming right at you, bold and unapologetic. You may see notes of lemon sorbet, bath salts and white lilies layered with spices from your favorite childhood pie shop…guess that depends on your childhood. But you can’t deny its raciness and versatility, sidling up suggestively to food that’s both sweet and spicy. Its intensity will slap you in the face…the oodles of length will have you scrambling for more.
During harvest, a cellar hand wanted to taste the wines ‘blind’. Not being able to cover the labels, he made a makeshift blindfold from a lab cloth and told his colleague to pour the wines into a few glasses. Reaching for the wine glasses he inadvertently ‘frisked’ them to make sure he had a firm grip, a point duly noted by his co-workers in snickering tones. He then proceeded to tell all and sundry that he got a kick out of the ‘prickle’ of the wine as he swallowed.
And so for a wine that is indeed fresh, frisky and just a touch prickly, it‘s quite an apt name.
It’s been a good week for wine, with another Bulk Buy! coming just days after our last one, theTractor Shed Red. And this time it’s a delightful Riesling from Australia with a touch of effervescence that takes this wine to the next level and helps to make it extremely food flexible.
The 2011 Frisk Prickly Riesling begins with aromas of guava, citrus, pear, and floral notes. Tasting this slightly fizzy wine shows mango, pear and peach flavors that combine into just a really nice level of sweetness. The sweet fruit continues on the medium long finish. The high acidity, good sweetness and light bubbles will make this a great match for lots of different foods including spicy Asian dishes. Fans of wines like the FlipFlop Moscato will probably go head over heels for this one but I think it will appeal greatly to just about everyone. Cheers!