Trying a new wine is exciting. Having no idea what to expect … I approached this wine that way. A 90 rated Riesling Kabinett caught my eye. I prefer my Riesling dry (rather than sweet), and Kabinetts are usually that. Pale in color with a nose of some minerality and some traditional Riesling bouquet. On the mid pallet the wine displays a sweeter Riesling. Some apricots coming through. There is a hint of effervescent (think bubbles) on the tongue at first but it fades VERY quickly. The wine is one the lighter side of medium in length on the finish. There is a slightly syrupy texture to the wine. This isn’t an aweful Riesling by any means. I would put it smack in the middle of a Kabinett and a Spatlese. I paired it with a pan fried Sea Bass and it went surprisingly well. I enjoyed the pairing. I would give it an 88 or so, only because it’s not as dry as I had hoped for. The alcohol on this one is uber low at 9%. The LCBO rate it as Medium sweetness which I would agree with! The rater estimated this would keep until 2020. Rieslings can be VERY ageable wines! A while back a bought a bunch of well aged Rieslings. Was an interesting experience!
From the LCBO web site:
C.H. BERRES ÜRZIGER WÜRZGARTEN RIESLING KABINETT 2008 VINTAGES 207274 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 19.95
Made in: Mosel, Germany By: Stefan Ress
Release Date: May 26, 2012
Wine, White Wine 9.0% Alcohol/Vol.
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Sugar Content: 50 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: M – Medium
This white offers breadth and depth, with nectarine and apple flavors underscored by a citrus component. The wine’s richness matches with the vibrant acidity, leaving a long, fruity aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. Score – 90. (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, July 31, 2010)