Archive for ‘Germany’

March 2, 2017

Selbach Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich, Riesling Kabinett, 2015

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A dry, juicy, spare but luxurious Riesling with a touch of Metallica but a lot of Cream, Peaches & Herb and Tangerine Dream.  Another stunning gentle white from Mosel (11.5%) that went with chicken braised in, yes, Riesling, and broiled root vegetables, like waves on the ocean.  We really could not find a food friendly fault.

 

Price: $29.99 at BC Liquor before taxes (but I should point out you can score this in WA at almost half the price if you scout around).

 

Market Liquidity: When serendipity meets kismet.

August 25, 2016

Peter Jakob Kühn Riesling Trocken, 2013

Peter Jakob Kühn Riesling Trocken, 2013

We liked this much more than the online pointsters who seem, by and large, non-plussed.  In fact, after nodding off through three or four BC Liquor “trocken” wines this summer, none interesting enough for a review, this sort of knocked my socks off.

 

It pours out a golden nectar, honeyed nearly Sauternes gold.  It is light on the nose but hits the palate searingly dry.  There is a little filbert, pronounced mandarin and pear, a sweet blossom perfume, and a crisp nearly startling acidity that is enormously appealing, dare I say addictive (heck, it’s only 12%, why not?).

 

It tops out with an extraordinarily long finish that transitions to sweet nectarine and peach.  Then, it just sits on your tongue, like an angelic gift, tart and delectable.

 

This was a “blind” buy, spur of the moment, but once we opened the bottle I had to Google the vintner who is, no surprise, passionate, biodynamic focussed, and embraces 200 years of wine making history.  The whole shebang is easy enough to source.

 

Price: $13 USD in Seattle.  Not a typo.  $13.

 

Market Liquidity: Simple brilliance.

November 8, 2011

Villa Wolf Riesling 2009

This “value” offering from the prestigious Loosen house is a very masculine riesling.  It is dry, as in dry dry, strong flavours of apple, a little citric acid touch on the finish, but solid as a rock.  My sister recommended it to me, she usually drinks red, and perhaps she liked it so much because it was a white wine in red wine clothes.  We had it one night with braised leeks in a light vinaigrette, and the next with fresh wild mushroom risotto.  It was better with the risotto, which surprised me.  (If you don’t know Louie at the Granville Island Market—Thursdays, generally, until he sells out—he has the best mushrooms in the province.)  A pleasant 11.5% alcohol.  If you expect a delicate touch in your riesling, some Fonteyn-balletic spring, this is not the wine for you.  This is a tango.

 

I liked it enough to source out more bottles (no mean feat in the ridiculous BC wine world, especially as this wine received a triple blow: A good review from Gismondi, a good review from Jurgen Gothe, and priced, initially, under $20.  Like a kiss of death in BC…) and I would serve it to guests, although if I had to pick I think the more delicate, diverse rieslings, like the Doctors from New Zealand, also reviewed here, are my preference.  But they may be probably less to the general taste.

 

Price: $20.99 at Kitsilano Wine Cellar (with the website that has been under construction since Ask Jeeves…)

 

Market Liquidity: When you need a woman to do a man’s job, this is the wine.