We have done a Riesling tasting before and everyone loved it. Mostly
because their expectations were blown out of the water. Some thought
they would be just like a Riesling from the US, while others were
die-hard German fans, and knew exactly what to expect. For this round I
have chosen four Rieslings, three from the 2008 vintage and one from
the 2010 vintage. Two are estate while the others are not. All four
are a Kabinett though. Price-wise...$25 or less.
Before you tell yourself you don't like Riesling, just come in and try
them. Most people will avoid German Rieslings because they say they
don't like Rieslings as they are too sweet. These wines are not sweet
like something you might have in the US. They are mineral sweet with
great balance and acidity. Taste before you buy and open your eyes to
something refreshing and new.
Here is what we have for your palates:
2008 Von Hovel Estate Riesling, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Notes: Always an excellent value, and this year is no exception. The wine has
pear aromas, followed by a round mouth with good acidity to support the
raspberry flavors, and pineapple on the finish. Great to enjoy on its
own, but also great with salads and spicy dishes including fusion
2010 Reichsrat von Buhl "Armand" Riesling Kabinett, Pfalz
Fresh, with good cut to the green apple, grapefruit and white cherry
flavors. Shows hints of black currant and plenty of spice on the peppery
finish. 1,000 cases imported.
2008 Dr. Hermann Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Light yellow green color, scent of spices and stone fruits with some notes of red berries.
Palate: It is bright and fresh with some residual sugar. Fine acidity with some delicate honey notes and a long spicy finish.
2008 Dr. F. Weins-Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
This lovely wine's pear, apple blossom and white
peach aromatics continue onto the palate. Red fruits add an interesting
counterpoint and the wine's fantastically creamy texture is fine and
focused. Very young, there are hints of exotic notes that are sure to be
revealed with time.
As always, we will finish the tasting with a little tawny port. This is just how we roll. Come in and enjoy!
*******We will also be having the first and only RS (residual sugar)
sale in the greater Seattle area**** All RS wines are 10% to 15% off.
Rain City Wines
10137 Main Street, Ste. 6
Bothell, WA 98011