Tuesday, May 12, 2009

2007 Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

2007 Scharzhof

2007 Egon Müller Scharzhof Riesling, QbA Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

The third wine of the night. I knew I was going to love this - riesling is one of those varietals that are just as delicious when young as they are when mature. The 2007 vintage was exceptional as well - these are wines that will age very well.

Disregarding reputation, I feel that the Mosel produces greater rieslings than the Rheingau. The wines have such tension in them - this balance of racy acidity and steely minerality. They seem to be too aggressive to coalesce, but somehow, the marriage blossoms after 7 or 8 years in the bottle. Add an excellent vintage like 2007, with ripe fruit, and you get one of the more profound wine experiences of the world.

As in tune with its age, this wine had a pale robe of light yellow gold. Very expressive nose for such youth - minerals and wet rock, citrus and peach. Beautiful. Perfect amounts of residual sugar in the mouth, with all the tingle and sparkle of young riesling on the tongue. A long, gorgeous finish. Absolutely balanced, at 9.5% alcohol, with great character and verve.

So delicious, in fact. My favourite wine of the night, and a perfect complement to the Thirty Bench. Niagara wines are great, but the rieslings still have decades to go before they become this profound.

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