Saturday, July 4, 2009

1994 Rheingau

1994 Schloss Shönborn

1994 Schloss Schönborn Riesling, QbA Rheingau

I absolutely adore old rieslings. Who says white wine can't age? Vintage 1994, when I was but an 8 year old boy.

I've drank this wine multiple times, the last time being a few months ago. I felt that it was drying out a bit, that the acidity was overwhelming what was left of the fruit. This bottle proved otherwise.

Moldy, blackened cork, but still intact and drew out easily. Light straw colour. Vivacious nose of stewed apples, minerals, and good richness. Fantastic balance in the mouth. Still holding onto its last breath of sweetness. Solid finish.

A delicious wine. Although it would have shown better maybe 5 years ago, this is still very drinkable. Great balance, that paired so well with the vegetables and steamed fish we ate. Just a great drinking wine. I drank in big gulps - at 10% alcohol, you can do that. So delicious, in fact, that I tried to slurp every last drop out of the glass.

There's nothing quite like an old riesling.

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