jamie goode's wine blog: Some serious Riesling

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Some serious Riesling

I know how incredibly boring it must be to keep hearing the same message repeated here ad nauseum: Riesling, when it is done well, rocks. And Germany just seems to do it so well.

I love it, as do most wine trade people. It seems that the average consumer remains to be convinced, though. But this is a serious Riesling, made in a dry style, and it's fantastic.

Reichsrat von Buhl Kirchenstück Forst Riesling Trocken Grosses Gewachs 2008 Pfalz, Germany
Amazing aromatic, spicy, limey nose leads to a vibrant, precise, minerally, limey, grapefruity palate with great concentration and a spicy freshness. There’s a melony, honeyed richness in the margins but the dominant theme is the steely minerality and high acidity. A taut, enthralling Riesling with real precision. 93/100 (UK agent www.worldwineagencies.com)

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At 12:24 AM, Blogger robertorrh said...

And that is a kick axe label! My wife LOVES a good Riesling. What's a supportive spouse to do, other than look for this Riesling to try with some good spicy food?

At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Had the Keller Von der Fels 2008 and it was brilliant--in fact quite similar to your description of the GG, although the Keller is presumably cheaper
Certainly great value in riesling and hopefully this will remain so in spite of all the publicity you are giving it!!

At 1:43 PM, Anonymous NicoRiesling said...

What else than Riesling anyway?

Can't get enough of it.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Nick Oakley said...

'I love it, as do most wine trade people'

I wonder if it is the level of sweetness that plays against Riesling's popularity with the general public. The natural progression in wine drinking is to begin light, white and sweet, then get generally drier, then move to red. Years down the path people wonder about those early days of liking the sweeter wines (and generally look down their noses to those that still do).

Riesling can be terrific I agree, but for me the best examples are the drier ones, and without trying to be too contentious, I think the Austrian wines are pretty hard to beat with their minerality, a nip of sea salt, and bigger alcohol levels. They certainly appeal to me more than the German wines.

The petrol/candlewax aroma that comes with age appeals to many in the trade, but for me it's a little off-putting. Anyone else out there feel the same or am I a lone voice?


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