Winemaker: Franz Wilhelm Langguth
Wine: Erben Spätlese (White Wine)
Appellation: Rheinhessen, Germany
Notes: This had what I would describe as lively ripe peach and honey on the nose. When it hits the palate, you get an immediate effervescence that plays on the tongue. The flavors for me were primarily a nice sweet nectarine core with a zip of rhubarb on the finish where it lingers. On the very, very end the wine leaves just the slightest hint of spice. As you know, eating a nectarine is a natural sweet & sour experience. And this wine is that – a playful dance between the sweet and the sour. In fact, drinking this wine reminded me a little of when I was ten years old and had a temporary fixation on Sweet Tarts. I was in a Saturday bowling league and they sold the candies at the register. But back to the wine! Acidity is pretty vibrant and alcohol is at 10%. Given it’s sweetness, this selection might be served as a dessert wine (although the tartness may be too much for some to consider it dessert). While I’m no foodie expert, I think this wine could pair nicely with some hearty cheeses or even a spicy Asian dish.
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