German Riesling

Robert Weil, Rheingau, Riesling, Trocken 2008 The nose features lime, sweet flowers and a sense of minerality. In the mouth this wine is tight, quite acidic and at this stage just a baby. The flavor carries a long way on the palate. It is quite concentrated and makes a candidate for a long sleep in the cellar.

This wine was vinified to the dry end of the spectrum and thus sports the word trocken on the label.  Drinking this elicits a fond memory of visiting the estate in Kiedrich years ago. Weil is a top producer and shows their care for quality in even their inexpensive bottlings.Qualitatswein, erzeugerabfullung in Kiedrich 12% purchased for $24.69 at Bottle Barn  Weingut Robert Weil

Dr. Loosen, Mosel, Urziger, Wurzgarten, Riesling, Kabinett 2007 This Riesling has developed a nice petrol note on top of its minerality. In the mouth that tantalizing Sweetart candy character amplifies the overt peachiness – very nice. Pair this with some lightly spicy seafood, perhaps some freshly made ceviche.

Loosen’s oldest vines are located here, some as old as 120 years. This wine is bottled under a screwcap closure. QmP Erzeugerabfullung in Bernkastel 8.5% purchased for $19.99 at Bottle Barn Dr. Loosen

About RJ

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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