Redefining Riesling

Undervalued, unappreciated and misunderstood. The noble grape of Germany that is often associated with sweetness and therefore not taken seriously by many that turn their noses up to this. It’s too bad because although I have tasted many great sweet versions of this versatile variety, their is also beauty and excellence in the dry versions. The fact is, Riesling is made at all levels of sweetness, from dry all the way to lusciously sweet but its dry wines deserve your attention. They can be described as flowery, steely, honeyed and mineral with a lime-citrus-core. The varietal does well in cold climates with good aspect for sun exposure allowing the grape to slowly develop, thus maximizing flavor and acidity. This 2001 Berg Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese is from the Rheingau region of Germany in the sub-region of Rudesheim . Its grapes are grown on steep, stony slate and quartzite south facing slopes (which help it maximize sun exposure) of Berg Schlossberg. In youth these wines display depth of character often with aromas and flavor of peach and spice. However, these wines possess a firm acid structure which can allow them to age for many years. The wines continue to develop in the bottle and this wine has aged gracefully. It has evolved into a deep gold color with yellow pear, apple, honey and mineral notes and on the palate it is honeyed pear and bruised apple with lime zest acidity and stony minerality. This beautiful Riesling had me smacking my lips and salivating between each sip. Cheers!

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