With summer now fully upon us, I am very likely to be popping the cork on some lighter wines – white and blush, especially. They just seem more weather-appropriate, you know? And they also tend to complement the types of meals one generally gravitates toward on a sweltering summer day. As I may have mentioned previously, I used to live in Germany (twice, actually). Yet much to my chagrin, while there I didn’t get to take advantage of the opportunity to experience the outstanding wines. The first time I was too young. The second time … that’s a long story. lol One of these days I’m going to make a return trip (a nice lengthy one) and correct that. In the meantime, I’ll be buying what I can find in my local area to sample and enjoy – such as this inexpensive Riesling. Another Riesling in a blue bottle!
Notes: The color of this Schmitt Söhne Qualitätswein was very pale straw. The bouquet was quite faint, carrying scents of apple, grapefruit and grass. Acidity was good, and the body was light. Flavors I detected were also on the lighter side. They included honey (not surprising as this selection comes in at 9.5% alcohol), pear, apple, a hint of apricot and grapefruit on the finish. It was light and fruity. It was also quite inexpensive on sale – in the liter bottle – for $7.99.
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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