OK. Here is the third in my promised trio of German wine tastings. It’s another Riesling from the Pfalz region – this time a 2012. Here’s what I found in this simple, straight-forward wine.
Vineyard: Domherrenberg Kellerei for Trader Joe’s
Varietal: Joseph Händler Riesling
Appellation: Pfalz, Germany
Price: $5.49 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: The wine is a very pale straw color in the glass. On the nose I got lemon and white peach. Like the Spätlese I recently tasted, this Riesling has good acidity which gives the tongue an effervescent zing immediately (but in a more restrained way). The primary flavors for me were apricot, lemon and green apple with green apple peel on the finish. It’s fairly sweet at 10% alcohol, but the acidity and flavors make it seem less sugary than other selections at the same ABV. Overall the experience was pleasant – less dramatic than the Spätlese but equally pleasing. I wouldn’t consider serving this one at dessert, though. This wine sits solidly in the “good for a picnic” category for me. It would also be nice served at a cheese and wine gathering.
By the way, don’t think I’m finished with German wines. I’m not. Ich komme zurück. Ohne Zweifel!!
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