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….