A Wine Lover’s Weekly Review Of $10 Wines – A Gold Riesling From Germany

As you may know we are often fond of Rieslings, sweet German ones. Today’s wine comes from one of the finest sources of Rieslings in Germany and in fact in the entire planet, near the banks of the Mosel River in southwestern Germany, not far from Luxemburg. This winemaker’s ancestors settled in the village of Longuich over 200 years ago and have been doing wine for four generations. They are responsible for a few other inexpensive German Rieslings that we have recently reviewed, The Schmitt Sohne website has lots of information on German wine and wine labels. If you ever in this area, make sure to visit the city of Trier which has lots of Roman stuff including the city gate, bath ruins, a Bascilica, an amphitheater, and a museum. Or for a change of pace, visit the Karl Marx House. If I remember correctly, this house has no wine bar. The companion wine is an Alsatian Old Vines Riesling costing half again as much.

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Wine Reviewed Schmitt Sohne Mosel Gold Riesling 2011 9.5 % alcohol about $9.

We can start by quoting the marketing materials “Tasting Note : Pale straw/lemon colour; light grassy aroma with a touch of petrol, apple, peach, and pear flavors; crisp lively finish. Serving Suggestion : Fresh fruit and mild cheeses; smoked salmon.” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was short and pleasant with light acidity and sweetness. The main dish was a baked chicken leg spiced with cardamom, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper, and onions. In response the liquid remained light and presented some sweet citrus. A side dish of baked onions brought about no real change. The accompanying potatoes stiffened the Riesling and added a floral component to it. Zesty guacamole really flattened my glass’s contents.

The second meal kicked off with a homemade vegetable soup that rendered our German friend light with refreshing acidity and sweetness accompanied by honey and citrus. The centerpiece consisted of chicken and beef meatballs enlivened with a mixture of coriander, cumin, black pepper, garlic, and caraway seed. In response the fermented grape juice was syrupy and yet somewhat thin and not very expressive. Steamed quinoa slightly strengthened our wine. Fresh strawberries muted this drink that became just a pleasant wisp in the background.

The final meal focused on an omelet containing red pepper, black pepper, cumin, coriander, and flax seed. The libation’s spicy acidity meshed well with the spicy omelet. The side dish of homemade roasted eggplant with the skin on and lots of garlic caused the wine’s acidity to go out and pleasant sweetness to step in, accompanied by smoke. Poached pears in allspice and cinnamon caused Whitey’s acidity to sour somewhat. A slice of poppy seed cake and poof, the wine disappeared.

Final verdict. I don’t see any reason why I would ever buy this wine again. I simply like good Rieslings too much.

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but definitely prefers drinking fine wine. 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. Visit his Italian wine website www.theitalianwineconnection.com .

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