Just in time for Thanksgiving come a couple of extra food-friendly rieslings from Germany that definitely bring their game-face.
Most reasonable wine lovers I know of don’t really care so much where a good wine comes from in as much as they care about good wine at a reasonable price. In that regard, the wine world has paid attention to the market in a lot of ways and we’re seeing more wines coming from well-regarded wine regions from all over the world, releasing wines that offer exceptional value.
Many regard Germany as the riesling capital of the world and for good reason – it has the heritage and pedigree of making some of the world’s best for centuries. The terroir, history and German know-how have traditionally produced rieslings that are sought after around the world.
In this review, I take a look at two wines that were sent to us by the Wines of Germany group – a marketing company who has the mission of perpetuating wines from that region into different markets.
2007 Dr. Von Bassermann-Jordan Riesling – W.E.P. Rating: 110%
- Price: $17-$20
- Alcohol 12.5%
Nose: Apricots, river stone, citrus peel, blood oragne zest, capt. crunch crumbs.
Taste: Excellent acidity with apricots, mango, blood orange, lemon zest and a superb, clean finish. This is an extremely acidity riesling that’s incredibly food-friendly. Excellent mid-palate transistion with a green-apple-like finish that hangs around quite nicely.
2007 St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling – W.E.P. Rating: 90%
- Alcohol: 8%
Nose: Good amount of blue-stone, flint, apple core, spice., orange zest and pears.
Taste: Definitely a higher sugar level going on in this wine, however, it’s not overly sweet. It still has a clean mouth-feel and doesn’t leave your tongue coated with sugar. The heavy apple and pear components are coming through along with a hint of sweet and spice that lingers around for awhile. This would be a stellar wine with spicy asian foods or even some of the more herbaceous dishes at Thanksgiving.