Nose: very rich. Some mostly integrated oak.
Palate: very rich. Some oak. — 8 months ago
Alsatian texture lovely nose, lower acid — 3 years ago
Delicious - savory for a Riesling ! Loved it. Less crisp more savory, — 4 years ago
nose: it took a bit to open up fully before becoming heavily aromatic with floral notes alongside almond, orange, tart green apple, and honeysuckle — 5 months ago
This Riesling hails from Alsace, France, 🇫🇷 more specifically, the Grand Cru vineyard of Osterberg on the softly sloping hillsides of Ribeauville.
The ‘Grand Cru’ designation attached to the vineyard site means, among other things, that the corresponding wine must be made exclusively from a noble variety in Alsace. 👑
Riesling is a noble variety along with Gewurztraminer, Muscat, and Pinot Gris. It is known for its powerful aromatics and wide range in sweetness levels. This is a dry representation with 13.5% ABV. While there are notable exceptions, generally speaking, the higher the alcohol (ABV %), the drier the wine will be, because it means more sugar from the grape has been converted to alcohol in the fermentation process instead of the sugar remaining in the resulting wine.
This wine stands up well to the flavors of the sushi and the high acidity cuts through the fatty fish oils and tempura. 🍱 🍣 The aromas include tart and crisp apple, pear, citrus, honeysuckle, and wet stone. A nice contrast and complement to the umami flavors of the meal.
I have come to learn that I love aromatic wines with sushi, such as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Then again I also love Champagne, Chenin Blanc, and Chablis with sushi. And, of course, sake.
Domaine Andre Kientzler, Riesling, Osterberg, Alsace, Grand Cru, 2016, ABV 13.5%.
— 2 years ago
Nice textbook example. — 4 years ago