Saturday, June 20, 2009

1987 Rheingau

1987 Schloss Reinhartshausen

1987 Schloss Reinhartshausen Hattenheimer Wisselbrunnen, QmP Rheingau Riesling Kabinett

I love riesling, but what tickles me the most is when I can find old rieslings. And this certainly qualifies as an old white wine.

Last Saturday, after drinking the Kacaba riesling, I wanted to find something less....exuberant. I last drank a bottle of the 1987 a few months ago, and noted its honeyed fruit, good weight, and high acidity. This bottle showed similarly, and I'm glad I opened it.

Deep golden colour. It almost looks heavy. Big nose of oily, stewed fruits - almost baked apples and pears. Great weight on the palate, but clearly, this wine is drying out. Long, lingering finish.

An interesting wine, but I think it should have been drunk 5 years ago. Kabinett's start off with less sugar and less ripeness, so with a lot of age, the acidity really begins to overwhelm the wine. But nevertheless, a great wine to taste.

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