Thursday, July 9, 2009

Noble Riesling Tasting

This week's tasting at the Wine Warehouse was one of the best in a long time. There were 12 Rieslings featured--6 were German, the other 6 were non-German. In every case the Germans were as good or better than the non-Germans. In fact, although I've always liked dry Rieslings, during the tasting I officially became a fan of Rieslings with sweetness. Numbers 1 & 2 were the standouts, and the others were very good. These all have some sweetness--typically, the Spatlese ("late harvest") wines are sweeter than the Kabinett. If you're looking for tasty German Rieslings, here they are:

1. Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Spatlese 2006 ($20) - honey, spice, viscous approaching Sauternes-like profile. Excellent. Rating: 93.
2. Von Hovel Oberemmler Hutte Kabinett 2006 ($17) Rating: 90.
3. Zilliken Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett 2006 ($14) - honey, petrol & floral elements. Rating: 89.
4. Bert Simon Serrig Wurzbert Spatlese 2005 ($15) Rating: 88.
5. Dr. F Weins-Prum Urziger Wurz Kabinett 2006 ($14) Rating: 88.

Comments Welcome!

p.s. sorry if the images are fuzzy--click on the hyperlinks for the wines for clearer pics.

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