To be honest I have been slightly dreading reviewing this wine, I had an unfortunate experience with my first of the Concannon “Selected Vineyards” wines, the 2007 Concannon Shiraz I reviewed previously was not so good. Well, I’ve worked up the nerve to give the other sample, they so graciously provided, a try. This time a 2009 Riesling from the Central California Coastal region.
2009, Concannon, Central Coast Riesling, Selected Vineyards
The Nose: Lovely tropical friut, papaya and spice with honeysuckle and crushed rock.
The Taste: Spicy honeysuckle is definitely predominant, the fruit is elusive and there’s an unfortunate bitter aftertaste that tries to come across like citrus peel, but gets lost in the steely finish… Wait! As this wine has warmed up (had it well chilled) there is a nice subtle asian pear finish and the fruitiness is definitely coming out to play!
The Mouth Feel: The mouth feel is not bad! This wine comes on slippery and viscous, fading a bit in the mid-palate and lingers on the finish with steel and minerality.
The Color: Pale yellow and light.
The Nitty Gritty:
Well it appears that redemption comes in white for Concannon. This is a decent wine. At $10 it is a exceptionally drinkable white wine that would probably go nice with some spicy food. It’s not bad even by itself. I probably wouldn’t go too far out of my way to find it, I certainly wouldn’t turn down a glass.
79 Pts / C+
In Vino Veritas: This wine was provided to me as a sample with the intention of review.