93 points Wine Enthusiast
“This utterly delicious dry Riesling has just enough roundness to cut through the acidity. Its lush mix of citrus and stone fruit gathers strength and focus as it roars across the palate. It's instantly accessible yet built for enjoyment over the next decade.”
90 points Vinous
“Light bright yellow. Fresh melon, Meyer lemon and floral scents, along with hints of quinine and fennel. Juicy, focused and light on its feet, offering citrus and orchard fruit flavors that loosen up slowly on the back half. Finishes silky and long, displaying lingering pear nectar and honeysuckle qualities and a snap of tangy acidity.”
Vinous Reverie Notes
Love & Squalor’s one-man effort launched in 2006. It started with a bit of Pinot noir and a splash of Riesling—two barrels of each. Then came the naming. “Three months of scribbles in traffic and on the bedside notepad resulted in exactly no big ideas. A quick trip to the Goodwill thrift store led to the rediscovery of J.D. Salinger’s book Nine Stories (in a pristine 50’s paperback version, no less!) and the lead story: For Esme, with Love and Squalor. Proceeding with belief that wine needs to taste alive. The best way to ensure this is to let the grapes express themselves. Especially this Riesling that strives to present a unique personality with each sip.