Naked Wines Michaud Riesling Review
Both Katy & Justin Michaud (husband and wife) were winemakers of other brands before they teamed up to work together with Naked Wines. From what I can tell this wine has been better in the past and this vintage just isn’t one of the better ones.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2021 Michaud Riesling
Blend: Riesling (I suspect it’s not 100%)
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Retail price: $20.99
Angel price: $12.99
Angels who would buy again: 91% of 741 would buy again
I consumed it: February 2023
My source: Nakedwines.com
The Back Label
From this wine club: Nakedwines.com
From this winery: Naked Wines
Wine color/style: White wine
Grape variety or blend: Riesling
Other characteristics: Low alcohol
Michaud Riesling: What I think
In general I’m not impressed with the low-alcohol genre of wines. Based on the assortment I’ve sampled, low alcohol white wines all taste like apple juice. Wine should not taste like apple juice. Unless it’s a blend of apple cider and wine, but that’s pretty intentional.
Sweeter wines are often naturally lower in alcohol because the winemaker chooses not to complete fermentation, leaving more sugar from the grapes in its original state. When these wines are made, they are typically picked early enough to ensure plenty of acidity to balance the sweetness (that acidity is the difference between a sweet wine worth drinking and one that’s just a flabby sugar-bomb).
I honestly don’t understand what went wrong with this one, but it left me scratching my head trying to figure it out.
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