Racy Riesling

This flight features 4 Rieslings from trocken to Spat and Germany to Monterey

Carl Loewen Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Varidor Riesling Trocken 2005
Grapes sourced entirely from the Varidor Vineyard, wild yeast ferment and aging in neutral oak fuder. Terry Theise Selection, Qualitatswein A.P. Nr. 3 529 127 3 06, 12% $15.69 at Bottle Barn Loewen

Zilliken Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Saarburger Rausch Riesling Kabinett 2006 Notes from 2001 show a consistent acid/residual sugar balance. We recently tasted a 1994 bottling that was complex and yet delightfully fresh. In July ’09 we also tasted a 1992 of the same that was stunning.

The ’06 is showing beautifully in July 2009, with peaches and petrol in the nose. The mouth is youthful and tasting of sweetart candies, with a little bit  of creamy complexity – delicious. Owner/Winemaker Hanno and daughter Dorothee. Gutsabfullung Weingut Forstmeister Geltz in Saarburg QmP A.P. Nr 3 551 083-5-0, 8% $19.49 at Bottle Barn Zilliken

J. Lohr Estates Monterey County Bay Mist White Riesling 2006
Over the years this wine has been spot-on fresh, with light RS and balancing acidity. 100% Riesling with some botrytis, all stainless, 3.14 pH and 21.9 g/l RS, P&B San Jose 11.5%/12.95% $8.99 Lohr

Selbach-Oster Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spatlese 2005
Another top and consistent producer from the Mosel. Owner/Winemaker Johannes Selbach. QmP A.P. Nr. 2 606 319 031 06 Gutsabfullung Zeltingen 9% $20.99 at Bottle Barn Selbach-Oster

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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