Wednesday, April 29, 2009

1986 Rheingau

1986 Balthasar Ress

1986 Balthasar Ress Riesling Spätlese, Hochheimer Kirchenstück, QmP Rheingau.

The wine for my birthday dinner. As I said earlier, this year was no time for celebrating with Champagne. This isn't a bad alternative, though. Even though it's still just Balthasar Ress.

A vertical of these wines came up a few months ago. Snapped some up, because when you're the one starting a cellar, you have slim opportunities to drink older wines. All up to yourself.

Black, moldy cork, although it drew out easily. Luminous golden, but not dark at all. Holding onto its saturation. Just a beautiful colour. Intense, oily nose with lots of apple and minerality. What's fascinating about this wine is that in the mouth, the minerals and slate follows, but on the finish, just a resounding lanolin character. Lanolin cream. Yes, it just tastes like a sheep. Beautiful. Long, long finish.

By no means, a life-changing riesling, but a very, very good wine. Remarkably fresh for a 23 year old white wine, although acidity is losing its grip. Perfect amount of residual sugar, just equilibrium, vinified.

Delicious, and very memorable. I'm firmly convinced that Spätlese is the way to go.

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