2011 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Zöbing, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Reivew

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Gruner Veltliner may be the "national" grape of Austria, and there are many great ones, but they also do a fantastic job with Riesling.  Golden in color.  The nose has nice minerals, a slight peach and a slighter diesel quality.  On the palate, this is dry.  Excellent acidity.  The wine is full bodied.  Depth and complexity.  Long finish.  This should go with just about any food.  Just starting to show some maturity, it will last a couple more decades if that's how you like your Riesling.  

2001 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese, Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2001
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

From a 375 ML bottle bought on release.  Pop and pour.  Of course, 2001 was such a great vintage (one of the all time greats).  This one is doing fine.  Starting to show a bit of maturity but that's fine.  Medium golden in color.  The nose has slight diesel with wet rocks, lemon peel and slight simple syrup.  On the palate, there is some diesel.  A bit of sweetness but not a lot for an Auslese.  Great acidity.  Nice minerality.  Long finish.  This easily should last a couple more decades.  It would be great with Thai food.  

2016 Carlisle Compagni Portis, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Mike Officer makes some really nice wines at fair prices.  His whites might even be better values than his reds.  This is a field blend of Gewürztraminer, Trousseau Gris, Riesling and other white grapes.  Pale silvery gold in color.  The nose is great with lychees, peaches and floral tones.  On the palate, this is slightly viscous.  Dry and refreshing.  Peaches and slight pears with good minerality.  Nice finish.  This is drinking quite well now and it probably should be consumed over the next couple of years.  It will go well with salads, sushi or even Thai food.  

2002 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

Beautiful showing for this bottle.  Gorgeous color if a bit worrisome.  A deep burnt orange color.  The nose is very nice with a slight petrol quality along with apricots and slight honey.  On the palate, this is slightly viscous.  Not as sweet as it was in it's youth though still some sweetness.  Peaches, slight honey, slight almond note on the finish.  Complex and deep.  It is evolving nicely and well stored bottles should continue to be a treat for a while.  This went well with a salad and will probably have more synergy with lighter foods at this point in its life.  

2015 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

Nice to check in on this wine after a few years.  It is open and drinking beautifully.  Richters wines are always good to great, but they are always some of the best values in Germany.  This one is no exception.  Light golden in color.  The nose has slight peach with lots of minerals/wet rocks.  With air a bit of floral not comes out.  On the palate, this is sweet but not overtly.  A reasonable amount for Spatlese.  It is crisp with nice peaches and wet rocks.  Long finish.  This will go with almost any food but will excel with spicy Thai or Indian.  It is still young but drinking great and

2016 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica, USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, ine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is join venture made in Washington state.  Back in the day, this was a bit pricey vis a vis the other options but the price has remained stable and now full retail is about $25.  A nice wine for that price.  Light golden in color.  The nose has peaches, minerals and slight char.  With air a slight lychee note emerges.  On the palate, this is just slightly sweet.  Peaches with nice minerality.  A softer texture.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well now and should for the next five to ten at least.  It will work with almost any food.  Spicy foods would be great!  

2015 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

2015 was a hugely successful year for Richter.  They are tight but never really shut down all the way.  A bit of air or a decant is a nice idea at this time.  Light golden in color.  The nose is very pretty with pears, minerals and slight green apple.  On the palate, this is sweet with a slightly viscous texture.  Good acidity that balances the sweetness quite well.  There is depth here with layers of minerals and pears.  Long finish.  This will go well with a wide variety of foods.  From salads to spicy Thai, it should be easy to match.  And delicious on its own.  Yes, some people insist t

2015 Harry & David Vineyards Riesling, USA, Southern Oregon, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is from Food and Gift purveyor Harry & David and made in Southern Oregon.  This is a very interesting and different take on Riesling.  Light yellow/white/gold in color with a bit of a green tinge to it.  The nose has a fresh cantaloupe quality to it which is very interesting.  On the palate, this has a bit of a tingling acidity.  The cantaloupe /melon quality comes thru.

2012 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$65.00USD

Donnhoff makes some of the best Rieslings in the world.  This wine is fantastic if still a bit young.  Even those who said they didn't appreciate sweet wine thought it was great.  Light golden in color.  The nose has just the slightest bit of petrol.  Also some lemon candy with powdered sugar.  On the palate, there is some acid but not a ton.  Minerals and lemon candy.  Nice depth.  Long finish.  This goes great with most foods especially those with some kick.  This should last for another decade probably two.  

 

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