Pale to medium lemon/lime colored with a watery sheen (8.5% ABV!). The nose is intensely aromatic with rose water, apricots, ginger snaps, grass, honeysuckle, curry powder (yup, curry powder), lychees and crushed stone. The palate is off-dry as expected but has medium acidity and hint of bitterness. I feel the body is quite full, as the wine coats my palate but the low alcohol defies that logic. The fruity, aromatic, perfumed flavors echo the nose with emphasis on ginger and lychees. The finish is quite long, the perfume just lingers on the palate. It’s a delicious wine and I picked it to pair with spicy tacos- I think the level of sugar, acidity and big aromatic qualities will do well in the combination. I am thinking 91 points for this $20 wine, making it a 5 star effort. I can see myself loading up on this low alcohol, slightly sweet wine that will pour easily all summer long and pairing it with all manner of lighter fare- even some spicy dishes like mine. Drink till 2025. Salut….
Dornfelder is a new grape for me. It grows mostly in Germany and was developed as a cross back in 1979. Medium purple colored it has a watery sheen in the glass (12.5% ABV). Medium intensity aromas of black cherry, spice box, blackcurrant that is a touch green, blackberry leaf and a hint of charcoal. The palate is seemingly a touch off-dry with juicy acidity and very low tannins. Medium intensity flavors of grape, blackberry leaf, black cherry and blackcurrant. Medium bodied- it carries on to a medium length finish that has some really nice acidity. It conjures up thoughts of Gamay meets Pinot Noir, a very easy-going wine with lithe tannins and a nice mouthfeel. The acidity offsets the trace residual sugars that make it a touch off-dry. This wine screams out for smoked meats, even a semi-spicy bowl of chili. I like it and am glad I tried this varietal. You too can get a bottle for $17. Not wildly complex or cellar worthy, it gets 87 points from me and 3 stars. Drink soon. Salut….
Tasted blind for practice at my WSET class, this Riesling was pale gold in the glass. Medium (+) intensity nose with aromas of ginger, honey, tangerine, lemon, lanolin and wet stone. I made a note that it was developing ‘nicely’. The palate was off-dry with high acidity, low alcohol and a full body. Medium (+) intensity flavors echoed the nose and the wine finished with a decent medium (+) finish. I thought this was an ‘Outstanding’ wine based on the WSET criteria and feel it could be drunk now or aged some more. I really liked it and for $17 this 90 pointer gets 5 stars. Spicy Asian dishes come to mind. Salut….
It is hot outside, like 93F plus. One can only think of a cool crisp white wine at happy hour, plus I am grilling some spatchcocked chickens on the Weber and think a Riesling will do the trick in tempering the spices I rubbed on the bird.
Medium lemon colored with watery legs, giving away its lithe 9.5% ABV. On the nose I get pronounced lemon, lime and grapefruit aromas along with blossom and ginger. The palate is off-dry with good acidity, nice weight on the body and lively flavors of citrus- lemon, tangerine, lime and grapefruit. The ginger component happens a little later, on the mid palate as does the floral note. The low alcohol makes this wine a little lighter and fresher with the acidity helping to keep it spry. Very refreshing, I think the hint of sweetness will meld nicely with the cajun style spice on the bird. Really yummy stuff that begs for a swimming pool on a hot day to sit by and sip this easy going yet rather complex wine. 91 points from me and for $29 it’s a good intro to this style of Mosel Riesling. 5 stars. Salut….
As you may have read in my last post- the assignment for the wine course I am taking has a comparison between a dry Aussie Riesling with a sweeter German Auslese. Here is the official review that I submitted:
Dr. H. Thanisch Berncasteler Ley Riesling Auslese 2017. Mosel, Germany. 8.5% ABV
- Intensity : Pale
- Color : Gold
- Intensity : Light
- Aroma characteristics : Primary notes of Mango, Passion Fruit and Apricot. Secondary aromas of Gingerbread.
- Sweetness : Medium
- Acidity : Medium
- Alcohol : Low
- Body : Medium
- Flavor intensity : Pronounced Primary flavors of Peach and Apricot. Tertiary flavors of Honey and Marmalade.
- Finish : Medium
Conclusions : Very good quality, unctuous but not overly sweet.
Moxie was tasting with me but she thought this wine was too sweet for her. It’s a good quality drop if you are in the market but it runs $32 right now, getting 92 points makes it a 5 star sweetie. This one will last a good while, till 2035. Salut….
This Riesling is a pale shade of gold in the glass and smells sublime. Lemons, green pear and pineapple all hit me. On the palate it is quite tart with bracing acidity. The citrus theme continues and I also get baked green apple. The mid palate has an interesting gooseberry note. The finish is a seriously sour affair, the acidity is making my jaw water. Think about the fruit I have mentioned and add a drop of sour lemon drop. It is tasty if you are ready for such a cutting wine. It will pair well with our Scallops in butter with asparagus. It would also go with smoked salmon. Drink till 2030. I am going with 91 points for this $25 bottle, making it worthy of 5 stars. Salut….
I figured we needed a treat, so Moxie fixed up some pan seared scallops while I grilled some garlic and lemon infused Lobster tails with Chorizo on the grill. I had one bottle of this outstanding German Riesling left and figured it had spent enough time in the cellar and needed to be unleashed.
Not being very well versed in Rieslings, I had to look a few terms up. Auslese means ‘selected harvest’, I was in for a slightly sweeter wine of a higher quality. Perfecto… The label said 8.5 % alcohol, 72% residual sweetness and 88 g/l fruit acidity (no idea what that means).
In layman’s terms, I shall proceed with my basic notes- Petrol and apricots on the nose, a lovely combination to go with the golden syrupy texture that came pouring out of the bottle. Slightly sweet on the initial attack but with cutting acidity that was amazing. Mid-palate is where it got very interesting with apricots, baked apple and some guava (which I have never sensed in a wine before). The finish is long and the acidity won’t let go. The wine became more unctuous as the night went on and it was an amazing hit with the butter drizzled lobster and seared scallops. I had a small salad on the side but it was mainly a distraction from the three pivotal players.
This wine can be found for about $30, scores 90 with me and gets 4 points. It won’t go with everything due to its sweeter essence, but if you like Foie Gras or perhaps a blue cheese platter this is your wine. Salut….