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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pieroth Winkler Hasensprung, Riesling Auslese, Rheingau

Ahh yes German Riesling I do love it so and for me there is no real equal. I purchased a few Rheingau gems from a broker I know here in San Diego who sells this type of wine for a good price. The case we purchased was the 2007 Winkeler Hasensprung, Auslese from the Rheingau area in the Nahe Valley. Alc. 9.5% and sells for 24.99 each.
I specifically look for wine from this region because much of Rheingau consists of south-facing slopes between Taunus and Rhine which provides excellent wine-growing conditions at these northerly latitudes and is regarded as the premium spot for mind-blowing Riesling.
Two words describe this wine, which are ripe and balanced! In the glass is a golden hue of liquid honey colored goodness. Juicy aromas of tangerines and ripe apricots entice the nose, an a so subtle citric notes mingle in the harmonious aromas. On the palate of this Auslese Riesling is fine, fruity and rich while at the same time round with a palate coating essence. It's playful, refreshing acidity, which heightens the vivid fruity finish which is especially inspiring to pair with a delicate Chicken Marsala or some Wiener Schnitzel! Until next time Cheers everyone!
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