Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dr Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2007

Here's a fine Riesling from Dr. Loosen's vineyards near the village of Graach in the Mosel region of Germany. Famous for its slate soils, the Mosel produces some of the finest Rieslings in the world.

The wine is fairly dry (but I wouldn't say bone dry) as this is a wine made grapes of Kabinett-level ripeness. All the cliché characteristics of Riesling are obvious in a wine of this quality - the minerality, the citrusy flavours, and what I find is the best part - a bit of added weight to the wine, accompanied by a super-fine acidity. It's very elegant, and not easily duplicated anywhere else but in Germany.

This isn't really a cheap wine, but it's not expensive either at £10.99. A good choice for a semi-special occasion or dinner party. I can't think of many situations where a wine like this wouldn't go over well. It's also only 8% alcohol.

Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2007
Mosel, Germany

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