Going the distance

Gunderloch, Rheinhessen, Jean-Baptiste, Riesling, Kabinett QmP 2002 This wine goes on after 6 years since the harvest, despite evidence of leaking and a then newish screwcap seal that appears to not have been perfect. There are notes of lanolin and citrus fruit to smell. The mouth tastes of tart green fruit, still possessing a zippy zing (is that redundant?) in a light-bodied format, with a touch of RS.

We often lay-down our top German Rieslings for aging. Yet here again we see that Riesling, even in its more humble incarnations, has staying power. Like other quality-oriented German producers, the Hasselbach family began making this wine as a branded regional blend. Such wines could help entice consumers unfamiliar with the complexities of German labels to give these great producers a try. Gutsabfullung in Nackenheim10.5% $14.49 at Bottle Barn Gunderloch

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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