2014 Trimbach Riesling Sélection Vieilles Vignes, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This was purchased on release during a visit to the winery.  It has improved a bit in the intervening four years.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has a lot of lemons with underlying minerality.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is dry.  Great minerality with a bit of lemons.  It has some depth though still drinking youthfully.  Very concentrated.  Nice finish.  This went great with Thai food.  It will drink fine on its own but would work better with food.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  

2005 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Langenlois, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is drinking well for a mature, dry Riesling.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose takes a moment then opens to show pineapple and minerals.  On the palate, the pineapple carries thru along with a vegetarian tzimmes (a jewish dish that involves slow cooking root vegetables and fruits).  This has a nice tartness that gives it plenty of energy.  The finish is long but does have a slightly bitter note.  All in all, this is enjoyable and while it improved over a couple of hours with air, I think it is getting ready to start a slow decline.  Still, it should have at least five to se

2015 Emrich-Schönleber Riesling "Mineral" trocken, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

What a great showing for this wine.  A new producer for me.  Blind, I guessed Chablis due to the intense granny smith apple notes.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is full of Granny Smith (green) apples along with a crushed stone/chalky quality.  On the palate, this has a great rich texture but cuts with excellent acidity.  The tart green apples and crushed stones carry thru to the palate.  Long finish.  2015 was a great year and this still has some more development to come although it is drinking well now.  Maybe another three to five years until full maturity and should drink

2015 Dönnhoff Dellchen Riesling Großes Gewächs, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Very nice showing for this admittedly young, dry Riesling from one of my favorite producers.  Very light silvery/golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is intriguing with peaches, salinity, slight ginger and melon along with a nice mineral component.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is delicious and open.  Crisp peaches and grapefruit with a lot of minerality.  Very long finish.  This improved with air and if drinking soon, a decant would help.  It should drink well for the next ten years.  As for food, this will go with just about anything.  Thai food is obvious, but even spicy m

2015 Biecher & Schaal Riesling Schoenenbourg

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Alsace is a nice source for affordable dry Rieslings.  This one is light gold in color.  The nose has grapefruit, slight peach and minerality.  Medium bodied.  Dry on the palate.  More about minerals than fruit.  Easy to drink.  Nice finish.  This was under $20 and certainly worth the price.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  This will work well with Thai food.  

2011 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Mülheimer Sonnenlay Riesling Spätlese Trocken, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Richter's wines are some of the best values in German wines available here in the US.  This is a dry version with just a touch of age on it.  Very nice.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has peaches, wet rocks, spice with the slightest touch of diesel.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, the peaches carry thru with underlying minerality.  This is dry.  The finish has some warmth to it.  It is drinking well right now, and should continue to do so for the next five years or so.  It worked nicely on its own but is better with food.  A beet and goat cheese salad was perfect.  

2010 Nikolaihof Riesling Smaragd Vom Stein, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$75.00USD

Consumed over two nights.  Consistent.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has diesel fuel, lemons and salinity.  On the palate, this is dry.  Slightly viscous texture.  Grapefruit with underlying minerality.  Slightly bitter grapefruit pith on the finish.  This is youthful but approaching maturity.  It probably should be consumed in the next seven to ten years.  This will work with almost any food, but sea food or poultry would be best.  It will work better with food than on its own.  

2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2001
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Drunk over two consecutive nights, this was a bit better on night 2.  Deep golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has pineapple, slight honey, wet rocks and just a bare whiff of petrol.  On the palate, this is sweet.  Pineapple and some tropical fruits.  Nice underlying minerality.  Viscous texture.  Lingering finish.  A very nice wine.  This should easily go another decade and probably two.  It will work great early or late in a meal and also pair well with fruit salads.  

2015 Dönnhoff Dellchen Riesling Großes Gewächs, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Donnhoff is one of the top producers of Riesling's in the world.  This is a dry version from the excellent 2015 vintage.  While still young, this wine was fantastic.  Light golden in color with some green hues.  The nose is pretty with peaches, salinity, and lots of minerals.  On the palate, this is full bodied.  It has a nice sturdy crispness but abundant fruit as well.  Peaches with underlying minerality.  Very long and rich finish.  Delicious.  This should drink well for another ten to twelve years.  It will go with a wide variety of foods - practically anything.  

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