There I was, walking through the wine section at Walmart and this very cute bottle jumped out at me. I love ducks, I mean who doesn’t, right? Well with a price tag of $3.97 I thought, it was worth a try! Riesling is one of those wines that I love and I love to hate. It can vary so much from very dry to a super sweet dessert wine. With that in mind, unless you are familiar with the bottle or the winery gives you a description on the label, you have no idea what you are getting. This bottle gave no description of the level of sweetness, but I thought for the price it was worth a try. I do not discriminate with price and in the past have found some pretty good cheap bottles of wine (Trader Joe’s anyone?) So, I poured myself a glass and took a nice big inhale of wine’s bouquet. The nose was not very sweet, which gave me the heads up that I shouldn’t be expecting a super sweet wine. I could smell a little apple and maybe some peaches, but something was a little off about the smell. The first sip was quite a disappointment, but somewhat expected from a $4 bottle of wine. I thought overall the wine lacked flavor. Usually with a Riesling you will have a nice crisp burst of fruits, and I really think they can be some of the most refreshing white wines out there. However, this one just was pretty blahh and slightly metallic tasting (which might be what I couldn’t quite place with the smell.)
Would I buy it again? No. This might be my most harshest review on a wine, but I just really didn’t like this wine. And Lucky for me I paid less than $4 for it! My husband thought I was being a little hard on this wine, but I have had much better bottles of wine for around the same price. There are some good cheap bottles out there. Quite literally, this wine gets the three T’s for me: Tinny*, Tired*, and honestly Terrible.
Fun Wine Fact: Riesling is almost always aged in stainless steel and should not have characteristics of oak. (Probably why I thought the wine was so metallic tasting.)
A person usually has two Rieslings for doing something: a good Riesling and the real Riesling. – Thomas Carlyle
*Tinny– Metallic tasting
*Tired– Limp, feeble, lackluster