This German import is sold under the Cupcake label but is bottled in Germany by a company given the designation D-RP – 907 009. That’s a sexy name for a winery, isn’t it? After some digging, it appears to me that the responsible party is likely one J.F. Brems GmbH in Zell. A small town of roughly 4,300 residents situated on the Mosel River, Zell is best known for another wine. One I remember my mother buying and sipping when I was just a little tyke. Zell is the home of the Zeller Schwarze Katz. But this particular bottle is not a Schwarze Katz selection, it is a Qualitätswein Riesling from Pfalz.
Notes: The color was bright golden yellow. The bouquet held scents of tart apple and fragrant peach. Alcohol was at 10.5% in this Pfalz white that was light-bodied and somewhat low in acidity. Flavors I tasted centered around a core of tart apple. Not green apple, but more of a Braeburn type sweet and tart. I also caught hints of peach and a touch of lemongrass on the finish. Clearly, given the flavor profile I’ve listed, this wine is not devoid of acidity. I just think that a tad more would have given it the play-on-the-tongue quality that I enjoy in my favorite Rieslings. If your preference is for something a little more mannerly … well, here you go! It isn’t overly complex and the price is reasonable, so it’s a decent candidate to pair with a relaxed meal – maybe a lightly spicy vegetable stir fry or a quick pan-fried pork chop.