A Little Riesling At The Pub

Following up on my intent to broaden my wine horizons and in the interest of internationalism, I’m going to be tasting 3 wines from Germany in the next few days.  This is the first.  You may remember that I wrote a post not too long ago about a nice red I’d tasted at a local watering hole where they have good live music, too.  Anyway, things went so well with the red that I thought I’d give one of their whites a try.

Winemaker:  Lucashof
Wine:  Riesling
Vintage:  2010
Appellation:  Pfalz
Price:  Not Available

Notes:  It was simple, light bodied and for me light on flavor.  What I tasted was lime and peach (with the fuzz on the quick finish).   Dry – Sweet?  This Riesling comes in at 11.5% alcohol.   It wasn’t bad at all, but I  just didn’t think it brought that much to the table.  I almost didn’t post this review because I couldn’t find this wine at retail anywhere in my area – or even online for that matter – for this vintage.   But then I thought maybe others would run into it at their local haunt/restaurant/etc., so I went ahead.  I’m thinking maybe this pub doesn’t go through much Riesling and they should’ve served this a year ago.  I see that Lucashof gets good reviews for their wines, so I am going to give another of their selections a try in the future.

4 thoughts on “A Little Riesling At The Pub

  1. Interesting. 2010 should be a lot more lively at this stage. Although, if this was their simple estate wine it might just be on its way out already. I’m looking forward to the other Germans you will be trying!

  2. I am looking forward to reading your reviews about German wines. I find almost all of those I tried (white wines) to be just too sour in terms of acidic. I remember having tried one from the “Franken” area (around Nuremberg) years ago which was more flavored, in a strange flat bottle but I don´t remember the name exactly. It might have been a Sylvaner (?) In a nutshell I find white wines from Alsace, France to taste way better and richer than the German ones, but again my knowledge is limited.

  3. It is so interesting how differently German wine is perceived. For the majority of Americans, it always seems way too sweet. Others, like you, perceive it as sour. There is truth in both these aspects, with Germany producing rather sweet wines, but also wines with high acidity due to the climate. The best of German wines to me are produced when both are married in balance.

    Silvaner is the typical grape in Franken, so it is likely you had one of those. The funny thing is that some say Franken produces the most acidic wines in Germany, mostly because the majority of their produced wine is dry. The flat bottle is called “Bocksbeutel”. 🙂

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