2017 Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch (Müller-Burggraef) Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

This was ordered off the list at Copper in Charlotte, NC.  It went quite well with spicy vegetarian Indian cuisine.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some peach, matchstick and minerality.  Medium bodied.  Slightly viscous.  Strong acidity.  On the palate, this is slightly  sweet but maybe less than expected which was nice for a Kabinett.  Flavors of peach and minerals.  Long finish.  This is drinking well at this point but should have at least a dozen years left.  

2015 Andreas Laible Durbacher Plauelrain Riesling Alte Reben Trocken, Germany, Baden, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

From the excellent 2015 vintage.  This is a bit different from "typical" Rieslings.  Light golden in color with a touch of green hues, clear and bright.  The nose is mineral drive with minerality, slight lemons, and petrichor.  Medium bodied. On the palate, minerality with a bit of lemons.  Good acidity.  Long finish.  This is a wine that really needs food to shine.  It would work nicely with crab or chicken salad.  Drink over the next four to seven years.  

2017 von Winning Forster Kirchenstück Riesling Großes Gewächs trocken, Germany, Pfalz, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$120.00USD

My first time trying this wine and I was impressed.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has great minerality/wet rocks with slight lemon candy notes.  Medium bodied.  Crisp with a slightly viscous texture.  Dry.  On the palate, this is deep.  Lemons, minerality with good acidity.  That said, no hard edges.  Very  smooth.  Very long finish.  This is drinking well now on its own and is very food friendly.  It worked well with roasted Brussels Sprouts (a difficult match) but would be great with almost any seafood as well.  Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  

2011 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$275.00USD

One of the world's great Rieslings.  This bottle  had been purchased on release at the winery.  Green gold in color. The nose is very expressive.  Minerality, peach, and chervil.  Great texture.  Good acidity.  Balanced.  On the palate, this is dry.  Notes of chalk with some peach and minerals. Very long finish. Not quite at peak but certainly showing some development.  Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  Very food friendly, it would work well with Sushi and was excellent with Shishito Peppers.  

2022 Desire Lines Riesling Cole Ranch, USA, California, Mendocino, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

Cole Ranch AVA is the smallest AVA in the United States.  It is west of Ukiah in Mendocino County.  The vineyard was planted in 1973.  It is a very interesting take on Riesling and certainly one of the better ones tasted from California (yes, that is a bit of a back handed compliment).  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has peach, some ginger and plenty of minerality.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this is dry.  Minerality dominates but also some ginger and slight peach.  Good finish.  It is nice on its own, but really, better with good.  It was perfect with

2019 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

Another of my favorite German producers and this is possibly my favorite of all of his wines.  This was better than a bottle I had a couple of years ago.  Light golden in color, with slight silvery hues, clear and bright.  The nose is great with lots of minerality/"wet rocks" along with a touch of pineapple and some salinity.  Medium bodied.  Slightly viscous.  On the palate, this is sweet.  It is also deep and delicious.  As it ages it will develop a complexity but lost some of the vibrancy.  The answer of course is to drink some young and some old.  Flavors of pineapple and minerals.  Lon

2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$55.00USD

Certainly one of the top wineries in Germany (or anywhere) and still "reasonably" affordable.  Light golden in color.  The nose is clean with no noticeable sulfur or petrol.  Aromas of peaches and "wet stones".  Medium bodied.  Great acidity.  Lively.  On the palate, this is sweet.  Peaches with minerality.  Long finish.  This is perfect with Roasted beets and goat cheese.  Also, nice on its own.  It is evolving nicely but still will drink well for another twenty years or more.  

2015 Klosterhof Schwedhelm Riesling Schwarzer Herrgott Trocken, Germany, Pfalz, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

First time trying this producer.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is big-ish with pineapple, tropical fruit, slight petrol and "wet rocks".  Medium bodied with a slightly viscous texture.  Good acidity.  This is dry but the alcohol is not high.  A bit more blowsy than expected but that is not bad.  On the palate, pineapple, guava and minerality.  Good finish.  Tasty.  This is drinking well but has at least another decade.  It worked well with Szechuan food.   

1998 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Mülheimer Helenenkloster Riesling Eiswein, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1998
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

What a treat!  Iced tea in color with some orange hues, clear and bright.  The nose is lovely with apricots, oranges, slight tea leaves and a nice earthiness about it.  Full bodied.  Thick and viscous texture. Enough acidity but not strong.  On the palate, apricots, caramel, oranges and spice.  Long finish. This is unique and delicious.  While a plain cookie would work, it may better to go with no food for this.  It can't hurt, but wouldn't help.  This seems like at age 26, it could do another twenty anyway.  Big fun!

2020 Seven of Hearts Riesling Ice Princess, USA, Oregon, Willamette, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$27.00USD

This is made in Oregon from artificially frozen Riesling grapes.  It has 23.5% Residual Sugar.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has apricots, slight pineapple and simple syrup.  Medium bodied but viscous.  Surprisingly good acidity.  On the palate, flavors of apricots and peaches.  Long finish.  This is very tasty.  A little goes a long way but it drinks well on its own.  It would be good with a barely sweet cookie.  It should drink well for another ten to fifteen years.  

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