2015 Dönnhoff Riesling, Garmany, Nahe, Wine Review

This is the basic Riesling from one of the top producers of Riesling in the Nahe and in Germany.  Drinking quite well today.  Screw capped.  Light golden in color.  The nose has nice minerality and a bit of pineapple.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet.  Good acidity and balance.  Slight pineapple and peach with underlying minerality.  Good finish.  This will work great with spicy foods or lighter foods.  Great value for $20.  It should last for another 7 to 10 years but if you can't find this vintage, its good in just about every vintage.  

2017 Henry of Pelham Riesling, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Pale silvery/gold in color.  The nose has slight, slight, petrol and along with slight pineapple and with air, minerals.  On the palate, it seems more about grapefruit with an underlying minerality.  This is mostly dry but there is some sweetness especially on the finish.  Long finish.  This would be great with food.  Another superb value from this winery at $13.  A reasonably unique expression of Riesling but close in style to the Finger Lakes.  It will be interesting to see how well this ages.  

2015 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Yellow/green in color.  The nose has wet stones/minerals.  Also some peach qualities.  Really explodes from the glass.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet.  Lots of depth.  Nice minerality.  A lot of 2015's have shut down but this one was open for business about 20 minutes after popping the cork.  Would work well with lighter foods or also spicy foods.  Still young (of course), this wine probably has two decades left.  At under $20, this is a screaming good deal.  

2002 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

An Internet wine friend passed away this week.  Although I never met him in person, we shared many discussions usually about German wines.  He took amazingly detailed notes.  This bottle was opened among people who knew him and shared with others with a toast.  AP 2 602 041 008 03.  Bought on release at a local wine store in Moreland Hills, Ohio (since changed ownership and moved).  The cork came out easily enough.  Medium golden in color.  The nose took a minute to blow off some bottle age, then showed nicely.  A slight diesel note along with wet rocks and slight pineapple.  On the palate,

NV Willm Brut Blanc de Blancs, France, Alsace, Wine Review

10% Gewurztraminer, 30% Pinot Blanc, 30% Pinot Gris, 30% Riesling.  This is made in the traditional method.  It does not appear to be labelled as Cremant.  Light silvery/yellow/white/gold in color.  Very pale.  A nice head of medium sized bubbles.  The nose is nice with a bit of seltzer and slight lemon.  On the palate, this has slight lime peel with some juniper berry (Gin) and other herbals.  Not a lot of depth but very refreshing.  Slightly short on the finish.  This is easy drinking sparkling wine.  Dry and very food friendly.  At $16, this is a nice value.  

2009 Trimbach Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Geisberg, France, Alsace, Wine Review

This is the first vintage that Trimbach made a wine from this vineyard.  Light golden in color.  Great nose.  There is a bit of orange peel along with minerals and a salinity on the nose.  It is big right from the start.  The palate takes a bit of air to get going.  A relatively viscous texture.  The wine is dry.  Tight peaches eventually show more expressive peach along with minerals (crushed limestone).  There is some warmth on the wine.  Nevertheless, it worked great with food especially a Goat Cheese Tart (superb).  Still young, it is drinking well now, but should continue to improve fo

2015 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Screw Capped.  Light golden in color.  Upon opening there are a slight amount of fine bubbles.  It appears to be trapped CO2 which blows of quickly.  No harm, no foul.  The nose is great with green apples, slight wet rocks, slight lemon and simple syrup.  On the palate, this has a fair amount of sweetness.  Ripe fruit; citrus and peach.  Good balance though.  Drinks easy with some depth.  Young now and very fresh and vibrant.  It will develop over time.  Delicious.  9.5% Alc.  This will go with a wide variety of foods.  Considering the screw cap and the sugar and acid levels, this should ha

2015 von Winning Forster Pechstein Riesling Großes Gewächs Trocken, Germany, Pfalz, Wine Review

My first time trying this winery and I was very impressed though it had issues.  Golden in color, with a slightly green hue to it.  The nose smelled like fireworks or gun powder.  I lovve that smell but it was a bit controversial.  It also had a sweaty, wet wool sock note to it.  In short, there seems to be a lot of sulfur showing here not too unlike how JJ Prums used to show a decade or so ago when the wines were young.  None of that bothered me personally.  There is also some lemon and wet rocks.  On the palate, this has a nice texture.  None of the sulfur carries thru to the palate.  Lem

2015 Weingut Robert Weil Kiedricher Turmberg Riesling Trocken, Germany, Rheingau, Wine Review

Of course, this is young and tight, but this is really a great wine with plenty of upside to show.  Light golden in color.  What a great nose.  it took some time to open and then, wow.  Earthy with lemons and wet rocks.  Deep and complex.  On the palate, this is dry.  Unlike some dry Rieslings, this doesn't even have a perception of sweetness.  The earthiness it has it very interesting.  Also layers of lemons and wet rocks.  Great balance.  Long finish.  While drinking well now, this should be laid down for at least a few years.  If you are going to drink now, give it plenty of air.  

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