I Love Reviewing Fine Wine – Another Riesling Spaetlese From Mosel (Germany)

If you have been reading my wine reviews, you know that am fond of sweet German Rieslings, especially the better ones. Spaetleses tend to be good; the grapes are picked late. The Mosel River in Germany is said to be one of the world’s best places for Rieslings. The village of Trittenheim with a population of about a thousand is located on a bend in the river. Arguably its most famous resident was Johannes Zeller, also known as Johannes Thrithemius who was born there in 1462. His father died when he was only an infant and his stepfather was hostile to education. So he had to learn his Latin, Greek, and Hebrew in secrecy. He became an abbot at the ripe old age of twenty one. However, he was controversial as a historian. We don’t know whether he liked the local wine. Did I tell you that this great wine region is close to the Luxemburg border? Our companion wine is a Canadian Riesling-Vidal blend at half the price.

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Wine Reviewed Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtroepfchen Riesling Spaetlese 2009 8 % alcohol about $20.

Let’s start by quoting the marketing materials. “Description : There’s a certain poetry to many of the German vineyard names. For example, Goldtroepfchen means ‘little drop of gold’. Tasting Note : Elegant, showing a restrained sense of power. Aromas of savory spice and fennel, with flavors of apple, green peach and Asian pear. Mineral notes linger on the crisp finish. Drink now. Score – 91. (Bruce Sanderson at the Wine Spectator web site, Web Only, 2011).” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine offered a fine combination of acidity and sweetness. I sensed both lemon and lime. It was powerful. The initial meal was quiche time. In response to the homemade eggplant and cottage cheese quiche covered with sesame seeds the libation’s acidity stepped up. It was long. The homemade mushroom, cottage cheese, and tomato quiche with sesame seeds on the top rendered the drink’s acidity quite powerful. I tasted lime and some honey. The side dish of eggplants, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms rendered our German friend quite balanced and floral as well. I had to remind myself not to overdo it and drink too much. For dessert I indulged in a yummy vanilla ice cream bar with a rich chocolate coating. The liquid was weakened but not devastated.

The second meal centered on a barbecued chicken breast with paprika dusted skin. My glass provided pleasant sweetness. Its contents were very powerful, long, and subtle. Fresh avocado drove its acidity into the background but the libation was still quite pleasant and mouth filling. Spicy humus cut the liquid, which remained long and frankly, very tasty. Fresh raspberries gave whitey the taste of honey and some darkness.

The final meal began with Wasabi-less, virtually tasteless, Japanese rice crackers. In response the Riesling offered honey, lemon, and lime. Then came a semi-spicy omelet that added caramel to the mix in my glass. A spicy red lentil chipotle hummus made the wine quite long, and now I tasted some metal and charcoal. A delicious homemade dessert consisting of dates, chia seeds, and coconut (that took hours to leave my teeth) soured the wine, but it remained sweet and was round and smoky.

Final verdict. I would certainly buy this wine once again. But there are so many of its cousins to sample and enjoy. And 91 – not in my book.

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but prefers drinking fine Iwine with good company. He teaches computer classes at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com features a weekly review of $10 wines. His Italiian  travel website is http://www.travelitalytravel.com .

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