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.  

2013 G. Marquis Riesling Icewine, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is a dessert wine from the Niagara peninsula in Ontario, Canada.  Golden in color.  Clear and bright.  The nose has pears, simple syrup, some red apples.  Medium bodied but slightly viscous.  On the palate, this is sweet, not cloying.  It is a round wine with pears, slight honey and slight minerality.  Tasty.  Long finish.  This should last for a while longer (five to seven years?), but it won't get better.  It drinks very well on its own and would work nicely with a honey cake or other not too sweet dessert.  

2000 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Gaisberg, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2000
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

A very respectable showing for a 20 year old Austrian Riesling.  This was about $25 on release and over the years, I have consumed a bunch - all good as it matured.  It now has a deep golden color, clear and bright.  The nose has slight petrol, a bit of burnt honey and nice minerality.  On the palate, slight pineapple and apricots.  This is dry.  Good finish.  This is drinking nicely.  Mature, but no hurry.  It should easily go another decade though it won't improve.  It will work well with cheeses or even Thai food.  

2015 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+

This is a wonderful Riesling made in the Alsace region of France.  It is a distinct style that is different from neighboring Germany.  In Alsace it can be hard to tell if a wine is dry or sweet.  This one is dry.  It is young and needs more time, but even so, it provides a lot of pleasure today.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has minerals, orange peel and slight peach.  On the palate, this is full bodied and slightly viscous.  Delicious.  Notes of orange peel and peaches carry thru along with a hint of ginger over a mineral base.  This wine needs a decade at least until

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