This is the best riesling in Napa Valley. It has been 12 years since I first stepped onto the Smith-Madrone property high up on Spring Mountain and tasted this wine for the first time; I’ve hardly missed a vintage since.
It’s the kind of wine you create an evening around: invite friends over, pour this crisp riesling ($27) with pot-sticker appetizers or a dinner of Asian-style chicken (light soy sauce, ginger, honey and garlic sauce) or pork tenderloin stuffed with apples and dried apricots.
If you want a simple fruity white, look elsewhere. This riesling is exotic with guava fruit and groves of different citrus flavors from a festive, zingy lime to lemon and grapefruit, along with melon and honeysuckle.