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Dry Riesling: Mostly German

Most tasters brandished palates for the lighter crisper more acid defined German style riesling so those were the favorites of the tasting.
July 6, 2017

The best, quite naturally was...


... was the 2012 Karthauserhof Ruwer Riesling Trocken. Even with five years of age, it still showed a strong acidity which softened and brought with fruit in the course of the tasting. By the end it was a rich complex, one that people loved and that will age for another 5 to 10 years.

The 2015 Stein Weihwasser Feinherb showed itself tight and acid when it was cold at the beginning of the tasting. As it warmed and aired, it became broader and softer and showed more of the slight sweetness that Feinherb  denotes. People liked its delicacy.

The 2015 Peter Lauer Riesling Barrel X was similar, But with a little more breadth and richness, Also a little drier. It too showed its complexity more towards the end of the tasting. and was slightly preferred over the Stein.

2015 Monchhof Eymael Estate Riesling showed itself more in the style of traditional German semisweet rieslings. Some liked its balance a lot, most preferred the drier wines.

The two non German Rieslings did not fare so well. People commented on their alcohol, 14% for the 2015 Powell & Son Riesling, 12% for the Ch. Bela. Tasters wanted more acid than either have. They showed soft in comparison with the others. and would be better an introduction to riesling for people used to chardonnay than for Riesling lovers.


Dry Riesling

2015 Stein Weihwasser Feinherb ; Aroma: rich heady slatey, rather firm, succulent stony, very firm, very dense, ; Mouth: fleshy firm, juicy, resilient less concentrated than the two above, clean smooth, lightly mineral, firm, thick to the tongue; Very Good Plus19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

2015 Monchhof Eymael Estate Riesling; Aroma: very rich heady deep, rich and sweet; Mouth: bright finely spritzy, finely delineated acidity, bright juicy, citric, bright fresh, exuberantly juicy; Very Good Plus 17.99; Mixed Case, 16.19; Case, 15.29

2015 Ch. Bela (Egon Muller) Riesling; Aroma: rich very full; rounded, lightly herbal, rich very dense; lower toned; Mouth: sweet acid rather rich, bright fleshy nicely balanced a touch of sweet acid, subliminal sugar, a touch of enlivening spritz on the finish, herbal; Very Good Plus 18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14

2015 Peter Lauer Riesling Barrel X; Aroma: bright citric, light fresh , lilting, lime notes,  Mouth: clean citric rather firm, clean mineral, juicy , very bright forward acid, long; Very Good Plus 22.99; Mixed Case, 20.69; Case, 19.54

2012 Karthauserhof Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberger Ruwer Riesling Trocken; Aroma: Semisweet nicely floral a heady undertone; Mouth: Light lithe clean minerality very ripe an almost sweet scent on the finish ; Very Good - Excellent 31.99; Mixed Case, 28.79; Case, 27.19

2015 Powell & Son Riesling; Aroma: light clean fresh, very bright, lighted sweet diesel, lemon lime citrus; Mouth: clean bright firm, citrus, very lean mouth clinging, rather dense; Very Good Plus 26.99; Mixed Case, 24.29; Case, 22.94


7-6 Riesling Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $237

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