Three Rieslings

Chateau St. Michelle Riesling, 2010

Not a lot of superlatives come to mind.  No one really thought, sipping it before dinner, there was anything special to blog about although I had clipped the winemaker’s notes as “refreshing, off-dry, blend” to no avail.  It seemed a little flat with a nominal finish.  With food (e.g., Nasi Goreng, Asian fried rice) it was considerably more lively, some floral notes and an oxymoronic tart-sweetness that was quite becoming.

Price: $15.99, widely available at BC liquor stores.

Market Liquidity: Not our first pick, not our worst pick.

Pierre Sparr Extreme Riesling, 2009

Full disclosure: First, there is no bad wine from Alsace.  This “fact” is not up for debate so save your breath.  Second, Pierre Sparr can do no wrong.  So that’s my starting point, that’s my wine ethos, you know everything there is to know about me!  Third, though, there is a first time for everything.  This wine we found sharp, rather flat, and altogether a sipping and meal-go-with disappointment.  Despite, as I said one second ago, being fans, even excited to have an “under $20” Sparr.  There was no enjoyment before dinner, it didn’t complement our seafood supper, it lacked the finesse that makes Rieslings so esteemed, and worst of all it shines poorly on the Sparr house.  What a phenomenal letdown.

Price: $18.99 at BC liquor stores.

Market Liquidity: A shocking letdown.  No second chance.

The Doctor’s Riesling, 2010

Oooh la la: A rich sweet Riesling from New Zealand.  Lottsa residual sugar.  On first sip sweet like a lolly, then luscious, lovely, lingering.  The sweetness fades, lemon and melon come through on the finish.  Like discovering sliced bread.  What else?  8.5 per cent alcohol.  I repeat: 8.5 per cent alcohol.  It’s a miracle!  All my prayers have been answered!  What a superb lunch quaff.  Screw top to boot.  We could find no fault.

Price: $19.99 at BC Liquor, if you can find it, or $6 more at Liberty.

Market Liquidity: Under $20, by the grace of God; stock up.

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